Iran`s Ahmadinejad outraged by Libya repression

Iran itself was rocked for months by protests against Ahmadinejad in 2009.

Updated: Feb 24, 2011, 00:14 AM IST

Tehran: Iranian President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad on Wednesday expressed outrage at what he said was
"unimaginable" repression in Libya, urging world leaders to
listen to their people.

"It is unimaginable that someone is killing his
citizens, bombarding his citizens," Ahmadinejad said on state
television when asked about the situation in Libya.

"How can officers be ordered to use bullets from
machine guns, tanks and guns against their own citizens?"

"This is unacceptable. Let the people speak, be free,
decide to express their will. Do not resist the will of the
people," the hardliner said as he told world leaders to
"listen, hear and talk" to their people.

A popular uprising against Moamer Gaddafi`s regime in
Libya erupted on February 15, after the rulers of neighbouring
Tunisia and Egypt were ousted in similar revolts.

Libya`s government says 300 people, including 111
soldiers, have been killed so far in the protests and
resulting crackdown by Kadhafi`s forces.

Iran itself was rocked for several months by repeated
protests against Ahmadinejad`s controversial re-election in
June 2009.

The demonstrations in the aftermath of the vote were
brutally crushed by Iranian authorities, leaving dozens of
people killed, scores wounded and thousands arrested.

Several intellectuals, journalists, activists,
artists, lawyers and reformists have been sentenced to long
prison terms for participating in the anti-Ahmadinejad