The statement below was just released by Obama National Security Advisor Tom Donilon regarding Iran blocking coverage of Egypt’s protests and its statements that it will not allow opposition protests inside Iran.
Statement by National Security Advisor Tom Donilon on Iran
By announcing that they will not allow opposition protests, the Iranian government has declared illegal for Iranians what it claimed was noble for Egyptians.
We call on the government of Iran to allow the Iranian people the universal right to peacefully assemble, demonstrate and communicate that’s being exercised in Cairo.
It would be a principled thing if the Muslim Brotherhood and other affiliated groups in the region issued statements similar to Donilon’s — supporting those inside Iran who prefer a more representative government that addresses their economic, political, and human needs.
— Steve Clemons