The president of Iran has made a statement on the protests that are rocking his country.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has made his first speech since widespread protests began in the Islamic Republic.
Rouhani said in comments published Sunday night that people have the right to protest, but those demonstrations should not make the public “feel concerned about their lives and security.”
Rouhani also criticized U.S. President Donald Trump over his tweets about the protest, saying he “has forgotten that he had called Iranian people ‘terrorists’ a few months ago.”
The Iranian president also acknowledged the public’s worries extend beyond economy to corruption allegations and government transparency.
It’s surprising that he would concede anything to the protesters given that some of them are chanting “Death to Rouhani!”
It’s less surprising that he would scold Trump for his comments, but I doubt that propaganda works on the people of Iran any more – they see now that the government has been aggressive in foreign police while completely ignoring their own citizens…
Here’s our post of videos and images from the uprising on social media.