WASHINGTON DC — The State Department said Friday that the U.S. “strongly condemns the arrest of peaceful protesters” in cities across Iran who this week are demonstrating against deficient economic conditions and government policies and officials.
Demonstrators gathered in several cities (as show in map below), and according to Iranian news outlets the protesters in Mashad were arrested. A small number of people were also arrested in the capital of Tehran.
In some cases, the protesters reportedly yelled slogans critical of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and the country’s powerful clerics.
The U.S. State Department said it is following “multiple peaceful protests by Iranian citizens in cities across the country.”
“Iran’s leaders have turned a wealthy country with a rich history and culture into an economically depleted rogue state whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed, and chaos,” the department said in a statement. “As President Trump has said, the longest-suffering victims of Iran’s leaders are Iran’s own people.”
“We urge all nations to publicly support the Iranian people and their demands for basic rights and an end to corruption,” the statement added.
The demonstrations this week are said to be the largest since those that took place in 2009 following a tense presidential election.
The announcement from the State Department is below:
U.S. strongly condemns arrest of peaceful protestors in #Iran, urges all nations to publicly support Iranian people. As @POTUS said, longest-suffering victims of Iran's leaders are Iran's own people. #Iranprotests pic.twitter.com/mUTObTeHft
— Heather Nauert (@statedeptspox) December 29, 2017
— Seth Frantzman (@sfrantzman) December 29, 2017
— BBC Persian (@bbcpersian) December 29, 2017
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