During a press conference on Tuesday, United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley praised the Iranian people for publicly speaking against what she described as an oppressive regime.
“It takes great bravery for the Iranian people to use the power of their voice against their government, especially when their government has a long history of murdering its own people who dare to speak the truth,” Haley said.
After applauding Iranians' “tremendous courage,” Haley suggested her remarks served to “amplify” the Iranian people's voices while the government tried to block social media and other forms of communication.
“We want to help amplify the voices of the Iranian people,” Haley said before repeating some of the slogans voiced by protesters. After listing many of the protesters' messages, including one telling the nation's supreme leader to “feel some shame,” Haley emphasized those were the words of Iran's “brave people.”
Her comments came after days of widespread Iranian protests, which started in response to the country's economic conditions.
Haley pushed back on the regime's claim that Iranian enemies somehow manufactured the protests. “We all know that's complete nonsense. The demonstrations are completely spontaneous,” Haley said.
“This is the precise picture of a long-oppressed people rising up against their dictators.”
Her remarks echoed those of President Donald Trump, who on Sunday described the Iranian people as “getting wise” to their government's misuse of the nation's wealth:
Big protests in Iran. The people are finally getting wise as to how their money and wealth is being stolen and squandered on terrorism. Looks like they will not take it any longer. The USA is watching very closely for human rights violations!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 31, 2017
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani rebuffed Trump in response, suggesting his sympathy for the Iranian people was inappropriate given how he previously called Iran a “terrorist” nation.
During her speech, Haley further pressed the international community to support the Iranian people.
“The U.N. must speak out ... We must not be silent,” she said. “The people of Iran are crying out for freedom. All freedom-loving people must stand with their cause. The international community made the mistake of failing to do that in 2009. We must not make that mistake again.”
Watch Haley make those remarks below, via Fox News.