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Ayatollah: U.S. trying to ‘derail’ Egyptian revolution
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“Of course, the U.S. is trying to derail the Egyptian people’s move to convince them to return home with a number of minor achievements,” Mr. Khamenei told a crowd in Tehran, according to the semiofficial Fars News Agency.
“But these tricks and traps are unlikely to yield a result in the face of a nation which has been awakened and has come to know its power and influence.”
His regime, however, has sought in recent days to crush the revival of the anti-government “Green Movement,” which was spawned by the disputed June 2009 election that returned President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to power.
On Tuesday, President Obama assailed the Iranian regime for hypocrisy.
“You know, I find it ironic that you’ve got the Iranian regime pretending to celebrate what happened in Egypt, when in fact they have acted in direct contrast to what happened in Egypt by gunning down and beating people who were trying to express themselves peacefully in Iran,” Mr. Obama said.
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