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US ordered massacre of the region’s people: Iran
Tehran, Feb 20 (IANS/Agencies):
Published on 20 Feb. 2011 11:46 PM IST
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The speaker of Iran’s parliament, the Majlis, has said “massacre” of the people in Libya and Bahrain were taking place on the orders of the US.
Ali Larijani pointed out that recent brutal crackdowns on Arabs have been carried out under direct orders from Washington. ‘The Islamic Ummah knows this criminal game played by the dictator rulers as a US operational order, the United States must make atonement for this brutal behavior in the future,’ said Larijani during a parliamentarian session on Sunday.
The Islamic Ummah (community) believes the US ordered such “criminal games”, Larijani was quoted as saying by IRNA news agency.
“Despite claiming to be an advocate of democracy, the US has, hypocritically, ordered regional autocratic regimes to adopt tough manners against their people,” he said.
He asked regional governments not to get involved in the US’ “political confusion” and not to pay the price for protecting US military bases in the region.
“It seems that the US acts against its words on advocating democracy and orders leaders of the countries to treat harshly their people,” he was quoted as saying by ISNA news agency.
He also suggested the governments to learn from their counterparts in Tunisia and Egypt and “side with their own people”.
“They should learn lesson from fate of revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia and follow their own people,” he said.
The speaker warned the US that it might have to pay the cost of the “barbarous treatment”.
The ongoing movements of the Muslims are due to their vigilance and based on the Islamic causes for seeking justice, Larijani went on to say.
Last week, the White House accused the Iranian government on Friday of blocking information about the developments in Egypt because it’s “scared of the will of its people.”
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said the regime conducted arrests and is blocking access to international media and the internet because of the mass protests in Egypt that forced longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak’s resignation.
“The Iranian government should allow the Iranian people to exercise the very same right of peaceful assembly and ability to demonstrate and communicate their desires,” Gibbs said.
Pro-democracy movements have been spreading across Arab countries in recent weeks.
Last month in Tunisia, nationwide outrage at the government’s suppressive policies sparked a massive revolution that ended the 23-year-long rule of its despotic President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and forced him to flee to Saudi Arabia.
On February 11, millions-strong nationwide revolution in Egypt, which started on January 25, ended the three-decade-long rule of US-backed dictator Hosni Mubarak.
Other pro-democracy uprisings have also flourished in Bahrain, Yemen, Libya, Algeria and Jordan, as more Arab countries are expected to witness similar popular revolts.

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