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[.]”

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.

President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have both expressed their support for the protesting Iranian citizens.

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