Iran has fiercely condemned the support of the US for the economic protests raging in Iran. The country's Foreign Ministry's spokesperson stated that "Iranian people give no credit to the deceitful and opportunist remarks of US officials or Mr. Trump," as quoted by state television.
Iran's statement comes in the wake of US President Donald Trump's tweet, in which he voiced his approval of the rallies being held across Iran.
Many reports of peaceful protests by Iranian citizens fed up with regime’s corruption & its squandering of the nation’s wealth to fund terrorism abroad. Iranian govt should respect their people’s rights, including right to express themselves. The world is watching! #IranProtests— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 30, 2017
After scores of Iranians were held during protests in several cities, State department spokeswoman Heather Nauert called on other countries to support Iranian protesters.
The U.S. strongly condemns the arrest of peaceful protesters in #Iran, and urges all nations to publicly support the Iranian people. As @POTUS said, the longest-suffering victims of Iran's leaders are Iran's own people. #Iranprotests pic.twitter.com/mUTObTeHft— Heather Nauert (@statedeptspox) December 29, 2017
Police arrested 52 people for holding an unauthorized rally in the northeastern city of Mashhad and for the destruction of state property, local media reported, citing a police chief.