JERUSALEM, Israel - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said anti-government protests sweeping the Middle East would soon spread to Europe and America, ending oppression by "arrogant powers."
In a televised address on Iran's state-run TV Tuesday night, Ahmadinejad condemned Libya's use of force against the protesters and said the government should meet their demands. He said Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution inspired the uprisings that overthrew the governments in Tunisia and Egypt.
Meanwhile in Iran, security forces came down hard on anti-government protesters last week, killing at least two demonstrators, injuring dozens more, and arresting as many as 1,500 people, according to one website.
Iranian state-run media warned protesters against demonstrations honoring the memories of those who were killed.
Ahmadinejad claimed Israel and the U.S. instigated the anti-government protests in Iran.