The Trump administration is increasing its support for the widespread protests now sweeping Iran, protests that have the theocratic leadership of the country worried.
In public statements, the administration has been urging others within Iran opposed to the regime to rise up and join current protests, many of which began due to worsening economic conditions in the country.
“The U.N. must speak out,” U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said at a news conference in New York. “We must not be silent. The people of Iran are crying out for freedom.”
The State Department, meanwhile, called on the Iranian government to lift its blocking of Internet-based social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook, so protestors could post images and other information about the ongoing protests (don’t look for this to happen anytime soon — JED).
“They are legitimate avenues for communication,” Undersecretary of State Steve Goldstein told reporters at the State Department. “People in Iran should be able to access those sites.”
The protests are Iran’s largest since the 2009 “Green Revolution,” which broke out over disputed presidential election results. [source]
(Analyst comment: A destabilized Iran with the opportunity for a new, democratic government to be installed would be a major stress reliever in the Middle East, so naturally the protests are something the Trump administration should be supporting.)
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