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Trump Voices Support for Iranian Protesters as Officials Threaten Punishment, Death

Two days into 2018, the biggest story impacting U.S. foreign policy is emerging protests in Iran against the long-standing regime.

By NTK Staff | 01.02.2018 @9:30am
Trump Voices Support for Iranian Protesters as Officials Threaten Punishment, Death

President Trump again tweeted in support of protesters in Iran on Tuesday morning, as thousands take to the streets in the Islamic republic to speak out against the decades-old regime and its management of the economy.

Trump tweeted that Iran’s people “are finally acting against the brutal and corrupt” regime, and seemed to blame, in part, President Obama and his maligned 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.

Protests have stretched nearly a week in Iran, and have been violent at times. According to Reuters, Iranian police have arrested hundreds of protesters, and “at least 14” have died in the clashes between police and demonstrators. Iranian officials have threatened protesters with charges that carry the death penalty.

Iranian officials are blaming Saudi Arabia and the U.S. for the outburst of protests, but they seem to be rooted in frustration over Iran’s economy and the regime’s political choices.

The demonstrations which broke out last week were initially focused on economic hardships and alleged corruption but turned into political rallies.

Anger was soon directed at the clerical leadership that has been in power since the 1979 revolution, including Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the ultimate authority in Iran’s system of dual clerical and republican rule.

Given Iran’s status as an adversary of the U.S. on the global stage, and the volatility of the western world’s nuclear agreement with Iran, the protests are ones to watch in the days and weeks ahead.

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