Ahmedinejad Blames West for Election Unrest

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad gave a speech on state television on Tuesday insisting it due to the meddling of Western nations that violence broke out following the June 12th presidential election. “Our arrogant enemies tried to interfere in our domestic affairs in order to undermine these great elections. The result of their childish acts of interference in Iran’s internal affairs is that the Iranian nation and government will enter the global stage several times more powerful. What they did was very wrong, and some of our people were, unfortunately, hurt.”

20 people were killed in the aftermath of the disputed election results with over 100 people injured and thousands detained. Opposition leaders, including Mir Hussein Mousavi and former President Mohammed Khatami, have released a statement saying such a crackdown would not help his reputation amongst the people. Mousavi also has called on the EU to not recognize Ahmedinejad as a legitimate leader.

In his first public appearance in over a week, Mousavi’s comments suggested that the opposition will now be taking its fight off the streets and into the courtroom– and understandably so. Due to the large-scale crackdown and fear of the government’s seemingly indiscriminate arrests, protests numbered have begun dwindling.

Ahmedinejad continued to dismiss charges of election fraud, stating that, “the people who claimed there was fraud didn’t even have one document” to prove it, that “we have no expectations from

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad gave a speech on state television on Tuesday insisting it due to the meddling of Western nations that violence broke out following the June 12th presidential election. “Our arrogant enemies tried to interfere in our domestic affairs in order to undermine these great elections. The result of their childish acts of interference in Iran’s internal affairs is that the Iranian nation and government will enter the global stage several times more powerful. What they did was very wrong, and some of our people were, unfortunately, hurt.”

20 people were killed in the aftermath of the disputed election results with over 100 people injured and thousands detained. Opposition leaders, including Mir Hussein Mousavi and former President Mohammed Khatami, have released a statement saying such a crackdown would not help his reputation amongst the people. Mousavi also has called on the EU to not recognize Ahmedinejad as a legitimate leader.

Ahmedinejad continued to dismiss charges of election fraud, stating that, “the people who claimed there was fraud didn’t even have one document” to prove it, that “we have no expectations from normal people, but we didn’t expect politicians to question this great epic.”

Samah Choudhury contributed to this post

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6 thoughts on “Ahmedinejad Blames West for Election Unrest

  1. It is known that Bush spent 400 million to support regime change in Iran.Money was funneled through NED to support a "green" revolution like in Georgia and the Ukraine. No secret there. Frankly I am against the US meddling like that in other countries. In any case the US has lost any and all rights to criticize any other countries' "human rights" issues. Who is worse than the US? The pot calling the kettle black. Every time the US meddles in oter countries, we make a mess of it anyway. Obama oppologized for Mosadech, an then we continue to meddle. No, I will not protest Iran. Leave them alone to solve their own issues. US go home.

  2. M.Ahmadinejad already promised the reforms in Iran and that must be enough victory for opposition.
    Relax take it easy . '' Let's some steam'' :)

  3. It is known that Bush spent 400 million to support regime change in Iran.Money was funneled through NED to support a “green” revolution like in Georgia and the Ukraine. No secret there. Frankly I am against the US meddling like that in other countries. In any case the US has lost any and all rights to criticize any other countries’ “human rights” issues. Who is worse than the US? The pot calling the kettle black. Every time the US meddles in oter countries, we make a mess of it anyway. Obama oppologized for Mosadech, an then we continue to meddle. No, I will not protest Iran. Leave them alone to solve their own issues. US go home.

  4. M.Ahmadinejad already promised the reforms in Iran and that must be enough victory for opposition.
    Relax take it easy . ” Let’s some steam” :)

  5. Though I do not see how the West could literally meddle into Iranian affairs, I do however, understand it in a figurative way. In today's society, the propaganda perverts such stories and seep into situations that have not yet been blown out of proportion. In Iran, though the situation at first did not seem to escalate into what I call such bloody protests; however the media bias and prejudice, and clearly anti-Ahmedinejad took the protests and spun it into a governmental crisis.

  6. Though I do not see how the West could literally meddle into Iranian affairs, I do however, understand it in a figurative way. In today’s society, the propaganda perverts such stories and seep into situations that have not yet been blown out of proportion. In Iran, though the situation at first did not seem to escalate into what I call such bloody protests; however the media bias and prejudice, and clearly anti-Ahmedinejad took the protests and spun it into a governmental crisis.