US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton released a statement Tuesday that compared the Iranian protests of 2009 to the recent unrest in Syria and the government crackdowns on protests against Syrian President Bashar Assad. "Two years ago this week, Iranian citizens went to the polls in the hopes of expressing their democratic rights. But the authorities in Tehran had no interest in the will of the people. When the people reached for their aspirations, the government responded with brutal repression," Clinton said. "Today in Syria, Iran is supporting the Assad regime’s vicious assaults on peaceful protesters and military actions against its own cities."She also reiterated the US government's desire to seek an end to the conflict by adding, "As we work with the international community to increase the pressure on Assad and his regime, let us renew our resolve to stand with citizens - including the citizens of Syria and Iran - who yearn to be free and to exercise their universal rights."