The Iranian government denounced President Donald Trump on
Saturday after he escalated his support for the anti-government
protesters who have been holding demonstrations in the country
for three days.
Friday his praise of the “peaceful protests” in
Iran, calling protesters “Iranian citizens fed up with
regime’s corruption & its squandering of the nation’s
wealth to fund terrorism abroad.”
On Saturday, the president tweeted two video clips of his
speech at the
United Nations General Assembly in September, in which he
called the Iranian government an “oppressive regime” and
suggested that Iran’s leaders are afraid of their own citizens.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi responded to
Trump’s amped-up support in a state television report Saturday
by insisting that “Iranian people give no credit to the
deceitful and opportunist remarks of U.S. officials or Mr.
Trump,” according to The
The entire world understands that the good people of Iran
want change, and, other than the vast military power of the
United States, that Iran’s people are what their leaders
fear the most…. pic.twitter.com/W8rKN9B6RT
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)
December 30, 2017
Protests first broke out in Mashhad, Iran’s second-largest
city, earlier this week when demonstrators swarmed the
streets in protest of rising food and gas
unemployment and the declining economy, according
to The Washington Post and CNN.
The rally sparked more protests, drawing thousands of
protesters in cities across Iran, including its capital,
Tehran. News reports and
videos that purportedly showed the demonstrations suggest that
some of the rallies have turned violent.
It is the largest display of civil unrest in the country since
the protests after Iran’s disputed 2009 presidential election.
After Trump tweeted Friday that the Iranian government should
respect its people’s rights to express themselves, Iran’s
state-run TV service addressed the widespread protests with a
“Counterrevolution groups and foreign media are continuing
their organized efforts to misuse the people’s economic and
livelihood problems and their legitimate demands to provide an
opportunity for unlawful gatherings and possibly chaos,” state
TV said, according to AP.
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