Tue

15

Feb

2011

Breaking News: Obama says governments in the Middle East must recognize 'hunger for freedom'

Gene Thorp/The Washington Post
Gene Thorp/The Washington Post
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Breaking News Alert: Obama says governments in the Middle East must recognize 'hunger for freedom' 
February 15, 2011 11:58:24 AM
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In the wake of the uprising that toppled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, President Obama on Tuesday sharply criticized Iran for using force against protesters and said that governments in the region "can't maintain power through coercion" and must recognize their populations' "hunger for freedoms." 

"The world is changing," Obama said at White House news conference, in a message directed at autocratic rulers across the region. "You have a young, vibrant generation within the Middle East that is looking for greater opportunity. ... You've got to get out ahead of change; you can't be behind the curve."

 

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Mon

14

Feb

2011

Clashes reported in Iran protests

Tear gas was used to scatter protesters at various points during Monday's banned protests in Tehran [AFP]
Tear gas was used to scatter protesters at various points during Monday's banned protests in Tehran [AFP]


Pro-reformist marches under way in Tehran

despite a heavy security presence

and police crackdown.

Aljazeera Last Modified: 14 Feb 2011 19:36 GMT

 

A day of protest in the Iranian capital of Tehran have been marked by clashes between demonstrators and security forces.

 

Thousands of demonstrators marched on Monday on Enghelab and Azadi streets [which connect and create a straight path through the city centre], with a heavy presence in Enghelab Square and Vali-Asr Street.

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