Protests August 3rd: (hat tip nrb)
There have been renewed protests in Tehran, just hours after official endorsement of the coup
government by the Supreme Leader.
According to eyewitnesses, tens of thousands of protesters flooded the street once again. They are chanting “God is great” and “Death to the dictator.” Guards are severely harsh on the protesters. (videos at Raye Man Kojast)
Obama Press Secretary Gibbs: Ahmadinejad 'elected leader' of Iran (AP) – hat tip Banafsheh
WASHINGTON — White House spokesman Robert Gibbs says Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is "the elected leader" of the Islamic republic.
Gibbs was asked Tuesday if the White House recognized Ahmadinejad as the country's legitimate president.
"He's the elected leader," Gibbs responded.
Iranian opposition to Ahmadinejad's re-election claimed he stole the vote, and there have been massive street demonstrations that have shaken the religious leadership of the country. Ahmadinejad reports to the religious establishment. Dozens of demonstrators were killed or wounded in the uprising.
President Barack Obama has been cautious in responding to the turmoil because he's trying to open a dialogue with Iran about its nuclear program.