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Mubarak is a 'treacherous dictator'

Mubarak is a 'treacherous dictator'
Iranians participate in an Anti-Mubarak demonstration, in Tehran, Iran, February 4, 2011. Hundreds of Iranians attended an Anti-Mubarak demonstration to show their solidarity with Egyptian the people. UPI/Maryam Rahmanian | License Photo

TEHRAN, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Iran's supreme leader said during Friday prayers that he stood by protesters in the Middle East, describing the unrest as reminiscent of the Islamic Revolution.

Protesters brought down the Tunisia government in December, sparking political unrest in Algeria, Yemen, Egypt and Jordan.

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Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, said during his sermon Friday at Tehran University that there was an Islamic Awakening happening across the Middle East.

"The awakening of the Islamic Egyptian people is an Islamic liberation movement and I, in the name of the Iranian government, salute the Egyptian people and the Tunisian people," he said in a translation of his sermon on his Web site.

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He said political unrest entering its second week in Egypt was the "proper response" to the treasonous actions of a "treacherous dictator," referring to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

He went on to say that the Egyptian people felt humiliated by Mubarak's support for "the Zionist regime (Israel)" and political backing from the United States.

"Not only he is not anti-Zionist, but he is the companion, colleague, confidant and servant of Zionists," the ruling cleric said. "It is a fact that Hosni Mubarak's servitude to America has been unable to take Egypt one step toward prosperity."

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Khamenei's address echoed last week's sermon by Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami, who said an Islamic revolution was sweeping across the Middle East.

"To those who do not see the realities, I clarify that an Islamic Middle East is being created based on Islam, religion and democracy with prevailing religious principals," he was quoted by the official Islamic Republic News Agency as saying.

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