Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Members of Iran's Parliament (Majlis) have condemned the recent violent crackdown on pro-democracy protesters by the governments of Libya, Yemen, Bahrain, and Morocco.

In a statement issued by 191 Iranian lawmakers, the recent brutal onslaught by rulers of the four Arab countries were censured, Mehr News Agency reports. 

“The regretful events in Libya, Yemen, Bahrain, and Morocco and the ruthless slaughter of unarmed people of these countries by the authoritarian rulers is reminiscent of crimes that all dictators throughout history have committed in order to stay in power,” read the statement.

“Their [the dictators'] fate, from Pharaoh to [former Iraqi dictator] Saddam [Hussein], [ousted Egyptian dictator Hosni] Mubarak and [deposed Tunisian ruler Zine El Abidine] Ben Ali has been a humiliating collapse,” it said. 

In the statement, the Iranian lawmakers also condemned the “silence and ambiguous positions of the United States” specially with regards to the violence carried out by the Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi, stating that such vague positions reflect the fact that the US sacrifices human rights in pursuit of its interests.

The parliamentary statement also urged the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) to “take practical steps” to stop the rulers of the these repressive countries from killing their people.

At least 1,000 people were killed in Tripoli on Monday by airstrikes conducted by the Libyan military in a desperate effort meant to quell the popular uprising, according to some reports.

The International Federation for Human Rights says as many as 400 others have also been killed since the onset of protests in the North African country on February 15.

At least two Yemeni university students were killed and 10 others were wounded when security forces opened fire on unarmed students protesting in front of Sana'a University.

On the same day, the police shot and killed a protester and wounded four others in the southern city of Aden.

Days of government crackdown on demonstrators in Bahrain have left seven people dead, hundreds injured and 70 more missing.

In Morocco, five pro-democracy protesters were killed and several others were wounded as thousands demanded that the Moroccan King give up some of his powers. source

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