“The Iranian regime is finally on notice,” U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley told the United Nations Security Council, “The world will be watching what you do.”
The emergency meeting was called by the U.S. as a means of showing its support of the Iranian uprising against the theocratic regime and to warn the Iranian government that its response to the protests will have consequences.
Ambassador Haley said the tens of thousands of anti-government protesters who had taken to the streets to protest political repression and rising prices in that country’s stagnant economy should be applauded for their courage.
She added that the United States “stands unapologetically with those in Iran who seek freedom for themselves.”
The Rouhani regime has responded harshly to the protests with over 1,000 arrests and at least 21 confirmed deaths, as chants of “No to high prices” and “Death to Rouhani” spread throughout the capital of Tehran and as many as 80 cities.
President Trump expressed his unqualified support for protesters in what the U.S. has called “a matter of Iranians’ human rights, as well as international peace and security.”
Trump’s response, in which he characterized the protests as a “response to the brutal and corrupt Iranian regime,” is a far cry from the silence from President Obama that greeted the so-called “Arab Spring” in 2010-2011.
“The great Iranian people have been repressed for many years. They are hungry for food & for freedom. Along with human rights, the wealth of Iran is being looted. TIME FOR CHANGE!”
Iranian leaders, in turn, have blamed Trump for “inciting Iranians to engage in disruptive acts through his absurd tweets.”
Despite state-controlled media announcing that the protests had been put down and carefully staged pro-government counter-protests, the mass demonstrations have grown more violent as armed protesters attempted to overrun police stations and military bases, resulting in at least ten casualties.