Tags: iran | politics | protests

US 'Strongly Condemns' Iran Protest Arrests

US 'Strongly Condemns' Iran Protest Arrests
(AP)

Friday, 29 December 2017 07:46 PM

The US State Department said Friday it "strongly condemns" the arrest of protesters in Iran, where dozens were detained during demonstrations against high prices and unemployment.

The State Department is monitoring the protests, and urged "all nations to publicly support the Iranian people and their demands for basic rights and an end to corruption," spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement.

"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," she said.

"As President Trump has said, the longest-suffering victims of Iran's leaders are Iran's own people."

Hundreds took to the streets of Mashhad and other cities on Thursday, and an Iranian official said that 52 were arrested in Mashhad.

The head of Mashhad's revolutionary court, Hossein Heidari, said people were arrested for chanting "harsh slogans," the Fars news agency reported.

Protests spread to the capital Tehran and Kermanshah on Friday, although numbers reportedly remained small, in contrast with the "Green Movement" opposition protests in the aftermath of the 2009 election.

Late Friday night, Trump took to Twitter saying the "Iranian govt should respect their people’s rights, including right to express themselves. The world is watching!"

© AFP 2018

   
1Like our page
2Share
Newsfront
The US State Department said Friday it "strongly condemns" the arrest of protesters in Iran, where dozens were detained during demonstrations against high prices and unemployment.
iran, politics, protests
252
2017-46-29
Friday, 29 December 2017 07:46 PM
Newsmax Media, Inc.
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved