As anti-mullah regime demonstrations spread to more than thirty Iranian cities on Sunday, American officials continued to express their support for the biggest grassroots challenge to the ruling mullahs since the crushing of the pro-democracy movement in 2009.
Algemeiner US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley was the latest high-level American representative to give unambiguous backing to the demonstrators, in a statement released on Sunday.
On social media, Iranian activists drew attention to a petition to former President Barack Obama urging him to voice support for the protests. The petition noted that in 2009, Iranians who took to the streets had pleaded for the president’s support by chanting, “Obama, Obama ya ba oona, ya ba ma.”
“At the time, you made a choice not to take a public position on these protests,” the petition stated.
“The Iranian government is being tested by its own citizens,” Haley continued. “We pray that freedom and human rights will carry the day.”
In another tweet, Trump observed that “Iran’s people are what their leaders fear most.” Trump also pointed out that ordinary Iranians are increasingly angered by the Tehran’s regime financial backing for pro-Iranian proxies throughout the region – such as Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hashd al-Shaabi in Iraq – at the expense of their own welfare.
One of the most popular anti-war chants of the 2009 protests – “Not Gaza, Not Lebanon, My Life for Iran” – is now being heard again on the streets of Iran’s cities.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry bitterly attacked the global expressions of support for the protests, now in their fourth day. Addressing reporters in Tehran, spokesman Bahram Qassemi slammed Trump’s comments as “cheap, worthless, and invalid.
Many leading advocates of diplomatic engagement with Iran were silent on the latest protests, however. As of Sunday, no statement had been issued by Federica Mogherini, the European Union’s high representative for foreign policy, nor Europe’s main foreign ministries – although British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson did tweet that he was watching “events in Iran with concern.”
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