President Obama said Monday that he was “deeply troubled” by the violence since the election. On Tuesday the President urged against the repression of Iranians who want to see more openness, debate, and democracy.
Over 100 university professors have reportedly resigned in protest over the deaths of students and Iran"s leading dissident cleric Ayatollah Hossain Ali Montazeri also called for three days of mourning for the dead. His public letter on the election reads “No one in his sane mind can accept these results.”
Meanwhile the Supreme Leader met with representatives of all four Presidential candidates and called for national unity but did not address the question of a new election.
As Western European leaders continued to voice concern over the election and the ensuing violence, conservative parliamentary speaker Ali Larijani rejected international concern over the elections.
Arang Keshavarzian, Associate Professor at the Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University. He has just returned from Iran, where he spent the last 3 weeks, following the election campaign and its immediate aftermath. He serves on the Editorial Committee of MERIP, the Middle East Research and Information Project, where he helped edit the Spring 2009 special issue on “the Iranian Revolution at 30.” He is the author of “Bazaar and State in Iran: the Politics of the Tehran Marketplace.”