Fed up with the alleged corruption in the government and poor living conditions, Iranians took to the streets this week in protest. Demonstrators yelled “political prisoners should be freed,” “freedom or death,” and “the people are begging; the clerics act like God.”
In response to the unrest, President Donald Trump offered his support to the peaceful protesters and a word of caution to Iran's leaders:
Many reports of peaceful protests by Iranian citizens fed up with regime’s corruption & its squandering of the nation’s wealth to fund terrorism abroad. Iranian govt should respect their people’s rights, including right to express themselves. The world is watching! #IranProtests
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 30, 2017
According to the Associated Press, police issued a warning to demonstrators in Tehran, the capital city, and those that did not disperse were arrested and temporarily detained Friday.
“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.”
He also tweeted a second clip of his speech, during which he declared that “oppressive regimes cannot endure forever.”
The president added: “The day will come when the Iranian people will face a choice.”