President Trump Tweeted in Persian showing his support of the protesters in Iran. To date, the Tweet has broken all records for the most liked Persian Tweet in the history of Twitter. Using Google Translate, the Tweet reads:
To the brave and suffering Iranian people: I have stood with you since the beginning of my presidency and my government will continue to stand with you. We are following your protests closely. Your courage is inspiring.
Students are risking the punishment of death to protest the regime, which has already taken the lives of many dissidents. CNN Reported the UN Claimed Iran was “shooting to kill” protesters during a December 6, 2019 protest.
In a statement on Friday, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said she was alarmed by “the continuing lack of transparency about casualties and the treatment of thousands of detainees” during the recent protests in Iran.
Bachelet said “prompt, independent and impartial investigations” into all possible violations needed to be undertaken, “including the killing of protesters.”Iranians took to the streets in mid-November, shortly after the government announced an increase in fuel prices by as much as 300%.
The exact death toll in the protests remains unclear as the government has withheld these numbers.One of the worst crackdowns in decades is happening in Iran. Here’s what we knowThe UN Human Rights Office said it had information suggesting that at least 208 people were killed, including 13 women and 12 children.
It said at least 7,000 have reportedly been arrested across the country. The government imposed a nationwide internet shutdown for over a week.”Verified video footage indicates severe violence was used against protesters, including armed members of security forces shooting from the roof of a justice department building in one city, and from helicopters in another,” Bachelet said.
Her office had received footage appearing to show security forces shooting unarmed demonstrators from behind while they were running away, and shooting others directly in the face and vital organs — “in other words, shooting to kill,” she said.