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Protests in Iran continued on Monday as more Iranians took to the streets to show their disdain for the regime in Tehran. Weekend reports said up to five people were killed following the crackdown by the authorities. According to the Associated Press, a semi-official government news agency gave the death toll in the protests as one.
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Protests began last week when the government cut food subsidies for eggs, milk, chicken and cooking oil, which led to a rise in prices of around 300%. Since then, the protests have spread to many parts of the country and have taken on a much more anti-government trend, according to observers.
Not afraid of retaliation by the state security forces, the protesters shouted, “Death to Khamenei! Death to Raisi!” they were heard shouting. He cites Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, who promised to create jobs, lift sanctions and save the economy.
US State Department Spokesperson Ned Price tweeted to the protesters on his Twitter account on Sunday.
Brave Iranian protesters defend their rights. The Iranian people have the right to hold their government accountable. “We support their right to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression online and offline without fear of violence and reprisals.”
Before Price’s tweet went live, some users with the hashtag #IranProtests2022 had complained that the State Department’s Persian-language Twitter account was promoting an exercise video.
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“The million-dollar question for the Biden administration is: Does it plan to act on its alleged support for Iranian protesters?” Behnam Ben Taleblu, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), told Fox News Digital.
He noted that there are several ways to do this, including identifying officials who support or participate in the crackdowns. “Or at least, put an end to the quest to interrupt the nuclear talks and revive a deal that gives strength. The worst of the worst at the expense of the Iranian people.”
Foreign Advisory website He reported that in addition to the five deaths, dozens of arrests were also made. It was obvious to refer to the Iranians protesting the message.
“People have become more courageous than ever, and maybe because they’ve hit rock bottom. They feel they have nothing to lose,” a Tehran woman told the Foreigners’ Desk on condition of anonymity.
He also quoted Jamshad from Shiraz, which urged the US to do more. “We need help. The US and its central media know its power. They are the ones who should be helping us.” Cemşad, who kept his surname for security reasons, said, “The West is only focused on the Iran deal. When it comes to Iran, they forget us. They forget human rights.”
Another heavyweight to the protests Monday was former US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, who visited an Iranian opposition group in Albania.
Pompeo was secretary of state under President Trump when the United States left the Iran nuclear deal. He was also instrumental in deploying the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO). In March, Fox News reported that the Biden administration is considering a move to remove the Revolutionary Guards from its terrorist list as part of ongoing negotiations. to rejoin the nuclear deal.
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Speaking to the Iranian opposition group MEK, Pompeo said that Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi has failed the Iranian people.
“You should know that Raisi has already failed. He failed to suppress the uprisings in Iran or break the noble moral spirit of the Iranian people, and resistance is part of making that happen.”
During a visit to the organization’s headquarters, known as Ashraf 3, Pompeo discussed the situation in Iran with its leader, Maryam Rajavi.
Fox News’ Adam Shaw, Bradford Betz, and The Associated Press contributed to this article.