June 20th, 2009
03:01 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama urges Iran to stop violence against its own people

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama called Saturday for the Iranian government to stop all violent and unjust actions against its own people.

"The Iranian government must understand that the world is watching," Obama said in a White House statement. "We mourn each and every innocent life that is lost. We call on the Iranian government to stop all violent and unjust actions against its own people."

He said the United States stands with all who seek to exercise what he called the universal rights to assembly and free speech.

Related: Protesters beaten, tear-gassed in Tehran

Filed under: Iran • President Obama
soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Nini

    President this is not enough.

    What happened to Leadership?

    June 20, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  2. Neilz

    Any opportunity the ruling elite in Iran has to paint the unrest as originating or even supported by the west gives the Iranian government the power to start putting people in prison. They probably have already started. We need to butt out. Sit down and shutup. This is not an American revolution.

    June 20, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  3. MZ

    Sad that Obama has, for the most part, seemed to have abandoned the forces of freedom in the Middle East and elsewhere. Particularly those who the Noise Media was claiming were sympathetic to, and influenced by Obama.
    Instead, he seems to care far more about appeasing freedom's enemies throughout the globe.
    I "HOPE" that "CHANGE"s, but I'm not holding my breath. It won't so long as our Noise Media continues to slobber all over him, eat out of his hand, and not question or scrutinize him. And it won't so long as so many in our electorate remain under the influence of his " Kool-Aid ".

    June 20, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  4. S Callahan

    I can't even watch the brutality being inflected on those that wanted a 'peaceful' demostration...which they consistently did for six of these seven days. I almost wish the citizens would walk around the capital city seven times and Let God do the fighting for them. This is heartbreaking for decent citizens to be subjected to this.

    June 20, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  5. Independent

    I mourn everyday too, the Americans are in foreign lands. Oh yes the whole world is watching too!!!

    June 20, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  6. Damajah

    We have absolutely NO interest in the political affairs of Iran, and considering our history of direct and indirect interference and covert operations in Iran and other countries, and our own hypocrisy, our best bet, is to remain neutral, or risk the ire of the other middle-eastern countries. Let losers like McLame blow off steam of what PRESIDENT Obama should do....when McSame gets elected, HE can do whatever he wants. We're trying to improve our relations with the rest of the world, and this is a good first test for the Obama administration. If nothing else, President Obama should be more forceful about his critics, citing their lack of appreciation for the delicacy of what is at stake. I believe that the results of the election were accurate, and gullible Americans are being led to believe, that the election was rigged. What if the lection results are accurate, and our President is siding with the losers. How quickly we forget about the teabaggers, who's real frustration is the results of the last election. Should the Iranians have encourage them when they called for Obama's impeachment?

    June 20, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  7. Zero.

    They take more notice from the world. Not Barack Obama. He's a wimp, who hide's behind the American Flag.

    June 20, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  8. barackobama4prez

    I understand the need for the President to speak up, but I really wish we would stay out of the affairs of other nations. We have sooo much drama in the USA already.

    June 20, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  9. Joan

    Obama is using the right tactics in dealing with the Iranian Government. Unlike McCain; who would go into the political mess of another country without thinking of the consequences. After all, McCain is not in power so he can open his mouth and speak without thinking – but then doesn' t he do this most of the time !!!!

    June 20, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  10. Joanna in PA

    It is a real shame what is happening in Iran. Hopefully through all this bloodshed something positive will come. We do need to mind our own business, they are sovereign. The Iranians need to work out there own issues. I hope the GOP stops turning this into an Obama issue.

    June 20, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  11. Zero.

    But Barack Obama can take no credit for what gappens in Iran.

    He's None NOTHING!

    June 20, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
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