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Canada says Iranian "brute force" unacceptable
2009-06-23
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, adopting one of the toughest lines on Iran of any Western leader, condemned on Monday what he said was Tehran's totally unacceptable use of "brute force and intimidation" to deal with protests.

Iranian state television said 10 people were killed and more than 100 wounded in demonstrations on Saturday in Tehran over a disputed June 12 presidential election. "The regime has chosen to use brute force and intimidation in responding to peaceful opposition regarding legitimate and serious allegations of electoral fraud," Harper said in a statement. "Canada calls on the Iranian authorities to immediately cease the use of violence against their own people, to release all political prisoners and journalists ... and to conduct a full and transparent investigation into allegations of fraud in the presidential election."

Canada's relations with Iran have been strained since 2003, when Iranian-Canadian photographer Zahra Kazemi died in custody in Tehran after being arrested. In February, Harper said the Iranian regime had "an ideology that is obviously evil".
Posted by:Fred

#8  Bright Pebbles - how are things in the UK these days? I haven't had time to read your recent e-mails... sorry...
Posted by: 3dc   2009-06-23 22:37  

#7  When Canada out-toughs you, you know you're in a world of problems.

All the dead and injured Canadian soldiers from WWI, WWII, Korea and Afghanistan wouldn't agree. If they could speak.
Posted by: Canuckistan sniper   2009-06-23 16:25  

#6  When Canada out-toughs you, you know you're in a world of problems.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles   2009-06-23 12:12  

#5  Oh God, He's a Surrender Monkey.
Posted by: Redneck Jim   2009-06-23 08:01  

#4  Always interesting to listen closely for what is not being said or mentioned of late. Crickets chirping. Crickets? Crickets?

"Would you be willing to meet separately, without precondition, during the first year of your administration, in Washington or anywhere else, with the leaders of Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba and North Korea, in order to bridge the gap that divides our countries?" Obama responded, "I would. And the reason is this, that the notion that somehow not talking to countries is punishment to them -- which has been the guiding diplomatic principle of this administration -- is ridiculous."
Posted by: Besoeker   2009-06-23 03:31  

#3  Canada calls on the Iranian authorities to immediately cease the use of violence against their own people, to release all political prisoners and journalists ... and to conduct a full and transparent investigation into allegations of fraud in the presidential election.

I would laugh... except that it's more manly than anything Obama said!
Posted by: Secret Master    2009-06-23 02:45  

#2  in response Obama toughened HIS stance towards Iran, saying Iranian diplomats invited to our embassies on July 4th will only be able to have a single helping of potato salad! Take THAT!

Posted by: Justrand   2009-06-23 00:39  

#1  Or what, they'll say it again.

You're no damn help, public opinion is NOT the solution.
Posted by: Redneck Jim   2009-06-23 00:12  

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