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Trump: US to Throw Support behind Iranian Protesters at Appropriate Time

Trump: US to Throw Support behind Iranian Protesters at Appropriate Time

Wednesday, 3 January, 2018 - 19:00
Protesters gather outside the Iranian Embassy in central London on January 2, 2018, in support of demonstrations in Iran against the existing regime. (Getty Images)

US President Donald Trump reiterated on Wednesday his backing of the anti-government protests in Iran, saying the people will witness great support from Washington soon.

He tweeted that the United States would throw its support behind those protesting in Iran at an “appropriate time.”

“Such respect for the people of Iran as they try to take back their corrupt government. You will see great support from the United States at the appropriate time!” he said.

The protests, which began last week out of frustration over economic hardships suffered by the youth and working class, have evolved into a rising against the powers and privileges of a remote elite especially Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

Some 23 people have been killed since the protests began on Thursday.

The violence has drawn international concern of an escalation in Iran, amid calls that the people’s right to freedom of expression and holding peaceful demonstrations be respected.

United Nations chief Antonio Guterres called on Iranian security forces and demonstrators to avoid violence, expressing concern over the loss of life in the rallies.

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