Obama tells Iran’s young people: ‘I am with you’


US President Barack Obama on Sunday denounced the Iranian government’s “campaign of intimidation and abuse” of regime opponents as he told the country’s young people, “I am with you.”

In a message marking Nowruz, the Persian new year, Obama said in a statement, “I believe that there are certain values that are universal — the freedom of peaceful assembly and association; the ability to speak your mind and choose your leaders.”

“For nearly two years, there has been a campaign of intimidation and abuse. Young and old; men and women; rich and poor — the Iranian people have been persecuted… The world has watched these unjust actions with alarm.” Obama said

“But the future of Iran will not be shaped by fear. The future of Iran belongs to the young people — the youth who will determine their own destiny… And though times may seem dark, I want you to know that I am with you.” He said

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