"The Iranian people can speak for themselves," the president said in the translated comments. "That's precisely what's happened in the last few days. In 2009, no iron fist is strong enough to shut off the world from bearing witness."
"We've seen the timeless dignity of tens of thousands of Iranians marching in silence," he added. "We've seen people of all ages risk everything to insist that their votes are counted and that their voices are heard. Above all, we've seen courageous women stand up to the brutality and threats, and we've experienced the searing image of a woman bleeding to death on the streets. While this loss is raw and extraordinarily painful, we also know this: Those who stand up for justice are always on the right side of history."