In a two-part tweet, Vice President Mike Pence took to social media Monday to declare his support for the Iranian citizens protesting “for freedom and against tyranny.

Pence posted the following messages (combined here) on Twitter Monday afternoon: “As long as [President Donald J. Trump] is POTUS and I am VP, the United States of America will not repeat the shameful mistake of our past when others stood by and ignored the heroic resistance of the Iranian people as they fought against their brutal regime. The bold and growing resistance of the Iranian people today gives hope and faith to all who struggle for freedom and against tyranny. We must not and we will not let them down. #IranProtests.”

Iranian protesters are acting out against corruption within their government. Citing “economic issues” in the Islamic Republic as the catalyst, news reports say the protests began last Thursday in Mashhad.

President Hassan Rouhani has acknowledged the public’s anger over the country’s economy, and protesters have been warned that the government will crack down on those it considers lawbreakers.

As DML News reported Monday, 12 people have been killed during the ongoing protests.

President Trump also tweeted his support for Iranians on Monday, writing in part: “The great Iranian people have been repressed for many years. They are hungry for food & for freedom. Along with human rights, the wealth of Iran is being looted. TIME FOR CHANGE!”

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