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'Violence Will Fuel Revolt in Libya'

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TEHRAN, Feb 24 (ICANA) – A senior Iranian lawmaker says the violent crackdown on pro-democracy protests in Libya will further infuriate its people against long-time dictator Muammar Gaddafi.
Thursday, February 24, 2011 10:42:31 PM
'Violence Will Fuel Revolt in Libya'

“The popular revolutions in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia are not overnight phenomena but are the result of long years of dictatorship in these nations,” Alaeddin Boroujerdi said on Thursday. Boroujerdi, who chairs Iran's Majlis (parliament) Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy, reiterated that “threats posed against countries' Islamic and national ideals and the rulers' abuse and their disregard for the impoverished masses have ignited people's outrage in these countries.” He added that the dictatorial regimes in the region have no other alternative than agreeing to democratic rule in their countries. The lawmaker also noted that the United States has adopted “a policy of silence and double standards” toward recent developments and the pro-democracy uprisings across the Arab world. Boroujerdi said the US has taken such vague positions due to their huge military and economic investments in these countries, especially in Libya. However, he added, they will have to modify such policies. “The US is losing its bases in the region and this indicates the country's decline in the international arena,” he added. The remarks come amid a global outcry against the bloodshed in Libya, where as many as 1,000 people have reportedly been killed by the forces loyal to Gaddafi. A total of 130 soldiers have been executed for refusing to open fire on peaceful protesters. Gaddafi, who came to power 41 years ago in a bloodless military coup, vowed on Tuesday to fight his opponents and called on his supporters to take to the streets to confront the pro-democracy protesters. He also declared that he has no intention of relinquishing power and referred to the protesters as "rats and cockroaches.”

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