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President Donald Trump on Sunday reiterated his support for the thousands of protesters taking to the streets in Iran to demand regime change, warning the government that the U.S. will be watching for “human rights violations.”
“Big protests in Iran,” Trump tweeted. “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.”
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
The president has been tweeting his support all weekend regarding the sudden and rare anti-government protests in Iran. “Oppressive regimes cannot endure forever, and the day will come when the Iranian people will face a choice,” Trump wrote on Saturday.
He also tweeted on Friday: “Iranian govt should respect their people’s rights, including right to express themselves. The world is watching!”
The U.S. Department of State issued a similar statement claiming the protests to be peaceful and denouncing the government arresting any peaceful protesters.
“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,” it said in a statement. “As President Trump has said, the longest-suffering victims of Iran’s leaders are Iran’s own people.
“The United States strongly condemns the arrest of peaceful protesters. We urge all nations to publicly support the Iranian people and their demands for basic rights and an end to corruption.”