Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Trump Tweets Praise for Iranian Peoples' Protest, Saying "The US Is Watching!"

Trump praises Iranian protesters on Twitter Trump Tweets Praise for Iranian Peoples' Protest, Saying "The US Is Watching!"
Melinda Barton | 14 January, 2018, 13:34

The protests began last Thursday in Mashhad over Iran's weak economy and an increase in food prices, and have expanded to several cities, with some protesters chanting against the government and the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

The leadership is also not taking the protests lightly, which was visible from Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's statement on Tuesday accusing "enemies of the Islamic Republic of stirring unrest".

Khamenei did not make clear exactly who he was referring to, but Iranian President Hassan Rouhani earlier slammed US President Donald Trump for tweeting his support for the protestors on Monday. "However, at the same time, in order to preserve our country, our nation, our tranquility and peace, for all of this, we must be firm and act decisively".

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, a relative moderate who was re-elected a year ago, has expressed sympathy for peaceful protesters anxious about how to make ends meet amid high unemployment and 10-percent inflation.

People have taken to the streets in cities across Iran to protest against economic hardship and political repression.

"The bold and growing resistance of the Iranian people today gives hope and faith to all who struggle for freedom and against tyranny", Pence continued.

"We want to encourage the protesters to continue to fight for what's right and to open up Iran", Goldstein said. As the Financial Tribune, an English-language publication that covers the Iranian economy, writes: "Lawmakers criticized the hypocrisy of the recent statements by United States officials claiming support for the Iranian nation, saying the U.S. can not act one way and behave another way".

The Trump administration is not seeking regime change in Iran, but rather for "the regime change its behavior" toward its people and protesters, a State Department official told The National.

Iranians have grown frustrated by the lack of progress, even under presidents who have claimed to be reformers, said Iranian-Canadian activist and community organizer Mehrdad Ariannejad, who has been monitoring the situation through media reports over the past few months.

At least 21 people have died as demonstrators clashed with security forces in cities and towns across the country.

The demonstrations are the biggest in the country since 2009, when millions demanded the re-run of a disputed presidential election. Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGS) have killed at least 22 people, including a 13-year-old and an 11-year-old.

"They are trying to collapse the nation from within", Shamkhani said, adding that 27% of the hashtags related to the Iran protests are originating from Saudi Arabia, whom he has accused of hiring foreigners to undertake the task.

"Look at the recent days' incidents", Khamenei said Tuesday.

A week after demonstrations broke out, there was a very heavy police presence on the streets of Tehran, journalists said, and no reports of fresh protests overnight.

The towns are all in Iran's central Isfahan province, about 215 miles south of Tehran.

The secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, Ali Shamkhani, blamed the United Kingdom, the U.S. and Saudi Arabia for fomenting the protests on social media. "The citizens of Iran have paid a heavy price for the violence and extremism of their leaders, and the Iranian people long to reclaim their country's proud history, its culture, its civilization and its cooperation with its neighbors".