The New York Times feels that the protesters in Iran should listen to their government as it calls for “calm,” noting that the violent reaction by Iran’s hardline Islamic government came because demonstrators were ignoring government dictates for an end to the protests.
Iranian’s are protesting poverty in the country, frustrated in part that the government is mismanaging money and using needed resources to fund terrrorist-linked groups in Syria, Yemen and Lebanon, including the terrorist organization Hezbollah.
According to news reports out of Iran’s state TV, at least 21 people have been killed in the ongoing mass protests, while hundreds have been arrested.
The Times chimed in with their assessment, with a tweet that linked to an article titled “Deadly Iran Protests Prompt Warning of Harsher Response.” The tweet reads: “Iranian authorities have clamped down on Tehran after demonstrators across the country ignored calls for calm[.]”
Iranian authorities have clamped down on Tehran after demonstrators across the country ignored calls for calm https://t.co/M9G7x8lvAT
— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 1, 2018
Twitter users were quick to respond, as noted by the Washington Free Beacon, as they took issue with what they viewed as an attempt by the Times’ to blame protesters for the violence, rather than government security forces.
Iranians are rising up to overthrow the religious fanatics who have created an actual ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ – and the leftist NYT is siding with the mullahs. 🤨
— Bossy Brat 🇺🇸 🌲 (@JGalt09) January 1, 2018
Those pesky kids, ignoring calls for calm from their wacky, murderous regime. I’m sure Ploughshares can explain everything to them
— Toby Harshaw (@tobinharshaw) January 1, 2018
NYT now the official US mouthpiece for the mullahs. Wow. All because your hero Obama did a deal with them. Hang your heads in shame.
— Imperator_Rex (@Imperator_Rex3) January 2, 2018
Ignored calls for calm? Is that what you’re going with? Wow. It’s almost like you’re supporting the Iranian government more than you do the American government.
— John Doiron (@jfd1965) January 1, 2018
Let me rewrite this headline: “Iran’s brutal dictatorship yet again killed & arrested brave Iranian citizens demanding greater freedoms.” https://t.co/iq2n5ykA5f
— Michael McFaul (@McFaul) January 1, 2018
Nevertheless, they persisted…
— Niko the 🐈 (@RahDQ98) January 1, 2018