June 22nd, 2009
05:04 PM ET

Iranian protestor pleads for U.S., world to intervene

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/06/22/iran.protests.police.getty.art.jpg caption="A picture obtained on June 21, 2009 shows Iranian riot police on a street of Tehran on June 20, 2009."]


An Iranian student protestor in Tehran made a passionate plea for help from the world community this morning in a phone call to CNN’s “American Morning.”

For safety reasons, CNN can only identify the student by his first name, Mohammed. He’s been a part of the protests and a target of the violence there. Below is an edited transcript of the interview.

John Roberts: What is the scene like on the streets? Are there more demonstrators out there on the streets? Or is it much quieter than it has been in recent days?

Mohammed: Hello. Actually I participated in Saturday’s demonstrations in parts of Tehran. What I saw, I saw thousands of security officers that tried to break up the crowd. They used canisters and batons and water cannons against us. They attacked us. And we also in response attacked them. We attacked them by throwing stones. And we built trenches in the streets…

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soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Kathreen

    Dear President Obama,

    I hope this message some how will get to you. I'm an American/Iranian who has been one of your strong supporters, voted for you, and cried from excitement over your presidential victory. While 99% of the time I don't not agree with the republicans and their views, I should admit that they are absolutely right on target about needing to be more supportive of the Iranian protestors against the regime. I hope that US will work with the other world leaders to help the Iranian students and young people of Iran who are simply looking for Democracy and freedom to get their freedom as at this point they don't have the power to do it on their own. If we loose this moment in the history, they will never have the chance to even come close to freedom for many years to come. This is the time to take major risks and help those who need your support the most. This is the time that the people of a bright country with bright future need your hlep to make history.

    Iranians are against the muslim dictator regime, and they are smart , educated , and bright people who love and dream for the same life style, the same economic opportunities and the same social values just like Americans.



    June 23, 2009 at 3:40 am |
  2. Rick

    Looke what its got us in the past for getting in the middle of problems in the middle east. Its time to get out of all of it. Let them fight it out.

    June 23, 2009 at 3:39 am |
  3. mariah

    It is very sad that young men and women are losing their precious lives for freedom of expression in Iran. But,Obama is right in staying clear of their internal struggle for it is time for iranians to determine their own destiny.We can pray for intervention to protect them from the grip of unjust religious opression.

    June 23, 2009 at 1:40 am |
  4. BHO - fan

    Sorry for the misspelling! I mean, how do we know that this is not a trap from the Gov. Because they seems to be very DESPERATE to involve the United States so it can support there cause to crack down on the protestors. Just curious!!!!!!

    June 22, 2009 at 9:22 pm |
  5. BHO - fan

    THE IRANIAN – PROTESTOR-PLEASDS FOR THE US, WORLD TO INTERVENE. How do we don't that this not a trap. Just curious!!

    June 22, 2009 at 9:14 pm |
  6. Rita

    Well Connie maybe people call them as they see him!!!

    June 22, 2009 at 9:02 pm |
  7. abraham

    i hope cnn gives the same coverage for the election that is coming up in ethiopia in may 2010 , i am thinking the same thing will be happening there again after what happened after the election in 2005

    June 22, 2009 at 8:28 pm |
  8. joe

    Come on people...wake up....Iran breeds hate toward the US and supports terrorist and we should help them....laughable at best....and the Iranian people shout death to America in the streets of their country....they blame our president for "not" getting involved and if we were to get involved were "bad" people....we owe them nothing...Im not running to Iran to live but yet we let these people come to our country and work and attend our schools and were suppose to feel sorry for them....their struggles are theirs...not ours....they voted in the dictator 4 years ago...shame on them....and somehow were the bad guys...Im sick and tired of these muslim countries and the hate the generate towards us...its time we stand up and fight back against these "cowards"...remember 9/11

    June 22, 2009 at 8:26 pm |
  9. Mari

    As much as I would love for the U.S. to intervene in Iran, it would be the WRONG thing to do. I believe that President Obama's approach is the right one.

    For far too long, the U.S. has been the "policeman" of the world, it has cost us dearly. Not only in lives but in treasure. Our Nation simply can not afford another fight! Too often the U.S. has tried to ram down our values and our system of government down the "throats" of Middle-Eastern nations. Only to have the terrorists rise up and breed hate towards us. We can not demand fair elections, we can not demand that Iran or any nation "play by our rule"! That's exactly the arrogance that is making America SO hated around the world.

    Our president is right. We can support, pray for and hope for the best for Iran, .........but this battle belongs to the people of Iran!

    Democracy and freedom can not be "imported" it must be born within the nation and its people!

    June 22, 2009 at 8:24 pm |
  10. Ron San Bruno, Ca

    Your damned if you do, etc. etc. etc. We march in this country too change that which we are disatisified with, we march on, we have a voice, we earned that voice with the sacrifice of our loved ones. The people of Iran have a voice that is growing louder and louder, but in the end it is there voice , that will bring them freedom. Life is about choice's,belief's and sacrifice , Iran is at that crossroad, and she was lying dead in a pool of her own blood. Don't take this moment for granted . God Is Great !!!!

    June 22, 2009 at 7:39 pm |
  11. Luis-Miami

    The Obama Administration is doing the right thing to keep American involvement at a minimum for the following reasons:

    1-If the US gets involved it will legitimize the Iranian Regime's claim that the protesters are backed/instigated by the West.
    2-Should the Protests fade off the US will still have to deal with an unchanged Iranian government. A situation that can be to our benefit because regardless, the actions of the Iranian Regime against it's own people will have a negative impact on their legitimacy around the world. They will be looking for acceptance once again and perhaps open to other negotiations with this government to legitimize their position. This could open a number of doors.
    3-This is a largely Middle-Class election protest. The Iranian Regimen has answered in classical terms by first facing the protesters with legitimate police then bringing in their thugs to do the dirty work. At the same time they have been trying to arrest the Revolt's leaders. The Protesters have been unrelenting and now the Clerics have had to concede that there have truly been indiscreations at fifty ballot sites. If the Regime continues it's course it will ultimately call upon the Revolutionary Guard to bring their will to the people. This will definitely turn this "Protest" into a "Revolt" if it hasn't already. It could ultimately turn into a Civil War in which the US will most likely arm the side that it will be easier to deal with in the future.

    June 22, 2009 at 7:35 pm |
  12. Connie

    I trust Presidnet Obama's approach to Iran. Yes the world supports those who are protesting, but that does not mean we need to intervene at this time. This is about Iran, and not about America, as many would like it to apperas to be. President Obama will not let the citizens of Iran be silenced, but he is allowing them to figure some things out on their own...and the world is watching....not just the usa.

    BTW... why are so amny calling our Presdient Mr. Obama......

    June 22, 2009 at 7:34 pm |
  13. Alice

    Unfortunately, the US must tbout tread carefully about involving itself in Irans internal problems regardless how unfair it may seem. Just as we would not want another country involve in ours. Just continue to watch and keep the word going. Obama is correct. i don't know if the Irainians that are protesting really want the US to interfere. I prefer to see some Arab and Muslim Nations respond to what is going on there. There is much blood shed around the world, not just in Iran. We are not the hall monitors of the world. The best revolution and the one the will stand the most will be the one that comes from the people of the land. Look at Cuba. Altough we may not agree, i am not so sure that the Cubans themselves are not satisfied. Just call me crazy.

    June 22, 2009 at 7:28 pm |
  14. lluddbear

    How does this become a political problem for Obama. I had a raccoon in my birdfeeders sat. night. I guess that's his fault too. And what is it with you instant gratification junkies that he should have solved all our problems in the last 4 and 1/2 months. What have you done since January to solve this countries problems since January.

    June 22, 2009 at 7:18 pm |
  15. bea

    President Obama is acting as he should. Even the Iranians have said as much.... the most sensible remarks I've heard is that our restraint shows the people in the Middle East we are not "devils" as the clerics over there preach, but we have our hand out in friendship. Perhaps we should stop calling our own president names and give him the support he needs before we look to other countries.

    June 22, 2009 at 7:12 pm |
  16. Tim Gibson

    I agree Obama will be a one term president.

    However, I do not feel it is our position as a nation to inject our thoughts onto another nation of people, even if we feel it may be the right thing to do. National borders are called national borders for a reason.

    June 22, 2009 at 6:34 pm |
  17. Michael C. McHugh

    If I thought the US could help them in any practical way, I would, but I'm afraid that direct intervention in Iran on our part would make the situation even worse, and not only in the Middle East. I have no way of knowing what, if anything, can be done quietly and covertly, but even that is dangerous, given the bad history we have with Iran. I have always thought that the one sanction that might work would be to cut off their oil exports.

    June 22, 2009 at 6:08 pm |
  18. troy

    what happens when its 1billion protesters in the streets

    June 22, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  19. bullie

    someday we the people of the usa will be taken it to the streets to protest like this only bigger .

    June 22, 2009 at 5:54 pm |
  20. Karen

    and Obama watches on the sidelines.

    Obama is a one term president , I can quarantee you that. Not only is the economy still sucking, but look at Iran. The people are begging to help them.

    Jobs are still lacking in America because everyone is waiting for Obama's regulations. ho knows he might want to run every private company in the U.S.

    June 22, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  21. David Young

    Iranian Neda Movement

    Oh Angel of Persian Independence,
    You lay in a pool of blood with pride.
    Iranian woman, who stood up for Democracy,
    Now with this bullet hole of persecution.
    Should not the vote, have the people’s “Truth,”
    Where each one vote is counted without tampering?

    Neda in your divine calling of Allah is great,
    Have Iran Start the N.E.D.A. movement,
    The National Election Democratic Association.
    Where Independent guardians certify all elections
    Being neutral upon an oath to the Koran.

    Neda can you imagine a worldwide N.E.D.A.
    Where all nations use voting NEDA monitors,
    Who act as the Red Crescent never taking sides.
    Iran voters must insist upon voting booth safeguards
    For too young a Iranian martyr was slain,
    Protecting Dictators of the ballot box.
    (For even in the United States, we need NEDA.)

    David Lester Young O6/22/09 © all rights owned by author
    De-Terminated poet, somewhere in America not on company time

    June 22, 2009 at 5:16 pm |