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US Congress takes stance on Iran election

As Iran decries foreign 'interference' in its internal matters after the June 12 election, US lawmakers adopt a nonbinding resolution to condemn violence against people who protest the poll's results.

In the House of Representatives on Friday, lawmakers voted 405-1 to approve the resolution. Later in the day, the US Senate passed a similar resolution.

The resolution "expresses its support for all Iranian citizens who embrace the values of freedom, human rights, civil liberties, and rule of law," and it also "condemns the ongoing violence against demonstrators."

The decision came shortly after Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei threw his weight behind the president-elect, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and made it clear that the protests should be stopped.

Ayatollah Khamenei also condemned what he called foreign interference in internal Iranian matter following the crucial presidential election, in which a record turnout of Iranians cast their ballot.

Howard Berman, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said, "It is not for us to decide who should run Iran... but we must reaffirm our strong belief that the Iranian people have a fundamental right to express their views about the future of their country freely and without intimidation."

In an interview with CBS News on Friday, US President Barack Obama said he was "very concerned" and warned that the government of Iran should realize that "the world is watching."

Obama's stance on the violence-tinged post-election situation has been criticized by the opposition party and former Republican presidential rival John McCain.

The European Union took a markedly tougher line than Obama, issuing a statement condemning the violence. The union's 27 national leaders also "condemned the crackdown against journalists, media outlets, communications and protesters."

Supporters of Iran's defeated presidential election candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi have been protesting against the election result since it was announced on Saturday.

On occasions, the rallies have turned violent and resulted in casualties.

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http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=98608§ionid=3510203


Added: Jun-21-2009 Occurred On: Jun-20-2009
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  • Let's hope the US government remembers this when their time comes.

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    • Comment of user 'Humanfuse' has been deleted by author (after account deletion)!
    • yea, but when the time does come, i'm more concern about the gang leaders who is going to try to take control. they are already well organize

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  • In the House of Representatives on Friday, lawmakers voted 405-1 to approve the resolution.

    Who's the a@@hole?

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  • I just posted this to let yall know what the Iranian media is saying about the protest.... But this news is completely BS.... there is no such resolution, i already looked for it

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  • All things considered, it was an appropriate response from the US government. You have problems, we have problems...my back, oy vey! Just dont cut off the oil and nobody gets hurt. Anyone for alt energy yet?

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  • I decries ass-holla Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei's intervention in Iraq. So go fuk yerself!

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  • Ron Paul voted against Freedom for the Iranian people.

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    • What's that got to do with voicing an opinion or position on this? No one said let's get in there!

      Have you been neutered too?

      BTW, as to your statement
      "I call their support of Iran hypercritical".

      I agree, but there time will come too, if they continue down the path they are on!
      They are just repeating what the American public wants to hear them say. Gotta get those votes you know!

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    • I also agree with your statement about being the worlds policeman. But there is still room I think to VOICE opinion and opposition when called for. I think this is one of those occasions.

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