Tuesday , 27 July 2021

Democratic Presidential Candidates Condemn Violence Against Protesters In Iran

Radiofarda – Following Hillary Clinton’s tweet on Friday in support of protesters in Iran, four democratic presidential candidates also sent messages via Twitter, demanding an end to violence and urging the government to listen to its own people.

First, was Kamala Harris who said, “Instead of killing its citizens, violating rights…the Iranian government should listen to its people and implement reforms”. Harris is the junior U.S. Senator representing California, where there is a large Iranian-American community.

Kamala Harris@KamalaHarris

Instead of killing its citizens, violating rights, shutting down the internet, and destabilizing the region, the Iranian government must listen to its people and implement reforms. I stand with the brave people of Iran. #IranProtests4,0107:41 PM – Nov 22, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy1,603 people are talking about this

At least 138 people have been killed by the government’s use of force since November 15 when protests against a sudden gasoline price hike was announced in Iran. Hundreds have been injured, many scared to seek medical help, as intelligence agents reportedly arrest people at hospitals. At least another 3,000 have been arrested.

Pete Buttigieg followed Harris, applauding “the bravery of the Iranian protesters” in a tweet and called on the Iranian government to “take action to improve the lives of its citizens, rather than resorting to violence and censorship to repress protests.”

Pete Buttigieg@PeteButtigieg

I applaud the bravery of the Iranian protestors and I stand with them as they once again rise up to demand change. The Iranian government must take action to improve the lives of its citizens, rather than resorting to violence and censorship to repress protests.7,3468:57 PM – Nov 22, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy1,162 people are talking about this

Minutes later, Julian Castro tweeted condemning violence against protesters and the Internet blackout imposed by the Islamic Republic. “The government-imposed communications blackout must be fully lifted and the right to protest respected. Iranian-Americans need to be able to connect with their relatives.”

Julián Castro@JulianCastro

Violence against the Iranian people bravely protesting their government is unacceptable.

The government-imposed communications blackout must be fully lifted and the right to protest respected. Iranian-Americans need to be able to connect with their relatives.4518:59 PM – Nov 22, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy124 people are talking about this

Later, Elizabeth Warren took to Twitter to condemn “corruption and authoritarianism” and saying that Iranian must win this struggle. She added, “we support their demand for dignity, freedom to connect to the outside world, and right to peacefully demonstrate.”

Elizabeth Warren@ewarren

Iranians have taken to the streets to protest corruption and authoritarianism. This struggle must ultimately be fought and won by the people of Iran, but we support their demand for dignity, freedom to connect to the outside world, and right to peacefully demonstrate.3,6631:45 AM – Nov 23, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy1,016 people are talking about this

Although the U.S. and European powers have condemned the violence and voiced concern, Iranian activists say reactions, especially in Europe have been weak and remained within the limits of condemnations. Now, more American politicians are voicing concern about the fate of protesters and the violence used against them.

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