Iran’s president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has dismissed anti-government protests across his country as getting “nowhere” and warned that he will punish the rally organizers.
Speaking on state television, Ahmadinejad described the demonstrators as enemies who were seeking to tarnish the Iranian nation's brilliance. It is a shining sun. They threw some dust towards the sun... but the dust will return to their eyes.
Government officials stated that two people were killed and several were wounded during violent clashes between protesters and security forces in Tehran.
He also alleged the protesters simply sought to undermine a rally held last Friday to honor the anniversary of the Islamic Revolution.
It is clear the Iranian nation has enemies because it is a nation that wants to shine, conquer peaks and change [its international] relations, he said.
Of course, there is a lot of hostility against the government. But they knew that they would get nowhere.
U.S. President Barack Obama condemned the Iranian authorities.
I find it ironic that you've got the Iranian regime pretending to celebrate what happened in Egypt, when in fact they have acted in direct contrast to what happened in Egypt by gunning down and beating people who were trying to express themselves peacefully, he told reporters.
Obama added that he hoped Iran’s populace get the courage to be able to express their yearning for greater freedom and a more representative government.
Earlier Tuesday, a group of about fifty conservative members of Iran's parliament called for the execution of two opposition leaders, Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, both of whom have been placed under house arrest.
Mehdi Karroubi and Mir Hossein Mousavi are corrupts on earth and should be tried, a statement signed by MPs declared. We believe the people have lost their patience and demand capital punishment.