US President Barack Obama has condemned the Iranian government's attempts to quell recent protests, in which eight people have been killed.
He said the "iron fist of brutality" had been used to silence protesters, calling the actions of officials an "unjust suppression".
Barack Obama also urged the government to release detained opposition figures.
Notwithstanding the criticism some of us have directed at President Obama and his Middle East policies, the President deserves praise for this unequivocal and strongly worded statement. Go to the BBC's video link for the clip.