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  Tevet 24, 5778 , 11/01/18

White House blasts Iran's repression of protests

The White House on Wednesday expressed concern over reports of mass arrests in Iran, saying it will not remain silent as the regime represses recent anti-government protests.

“The Trump Administration is deeply concerned by reports that the Iranian regime has imprisoned thousands of ‎Iranian citizens in the past week for engaging in peaceful protests. Further reports that the regime has tortured or killed some of these demonstrators while in detention are even more disturbing,” said a statement from the White House press secretary.

“We will not remain silent as the Iranian dictatorship represses the basic rights of its citizens and will hold Iran’s leaders accountable for any violations. The protesters in Iran are expressing legitimate grievances, including demanding an end to their government’s oppression, corruption, and waste of national resources on military adventurism.”

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