Protesters in Iran have stated that their government has lied to them about the United States being the country’s enemy insisting that the leaders of the country are the real enemies.
The United states president Donald Trump also encouraged the Iranian protestors into denouncing their government as they take to the streets to blast the leaders controlling the country for lying to them about the destruction of a Ukrainian passenger jet.
A mere two months after violent protests over rising oil prices led to the deaths of thousands of Iranians, anti-government activists again took to the streets over the weekend, this time demanding the resignation of Iran’s supreme leader, ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and the religious leaders that control Iran with a iron fist.
The fuse that lit the renewed anger among anti-government protestors was the destruction of a passenger jet on January 8 by anti-aircraft missiles fired by a missile battery of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) controlled by Iran’s theocratic mullahs. Iran first denied shooting down the civilian plane with 176 people on board — most of them Iranian citizens — but changed its tune when the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, among other countries, presented incontrovertible evidence to prove Iran’s culpability.
During Sunday’s protests, Iranians shouted “commander-in-chief resign,” referring to Khamenei, and “death to liars.” More ominous for the regime, some protestors yelled, “They are lying that our enemy is America, our enemy is right here.” A statement that seemingly points to Iranians’ waning sentiments towards U.S. Still others chanted, “Down with the dictator (Khamenei).”
Trump joined the anti-government chorus tweeting support for the demonstrators. In a tweet on Sunday in both English and transated into Farsi, he threw in his lot with the protestors and encouraged their protests.
“To the brave, long-suffering people of Iran: I’ve stood with you since the beginning of my Presidency, and my Administration will continue to stand with you,” Trump tweeted. “We are following your protests closely, and are inspired by your courage.”
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