In the wake of protests in cities across Iran, political leaders have released statements supporting those voicing their opinion.
Eighth Congressional District Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick, a Republican, released a statement on the protests:
“As a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, I believe the United States must always speak with one voice in support of freedom and liberty. The administration’s clarity in supporting the rights of Iranians to choose their own future is refreshing following years of appeasement and concessions that have made Iran the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism. America and its allies must make it clear to Tehran that taking violent action against those peacefully assembling to demand change will result in the application of further targeted sanctions against the regime and its terrorist proxies.”
Democratic Sen. Bob Casey, who represents Pennsylvania, also spoke out in support of the protests. He wrote: “The Iranian regime’s response to protests is a reminder of their terrible human rights record and repression of dissent”
On his social media and his website, Republican Sen. Pat Toomey did not release a statement on the protests.
Republican President Donald Trump tweeted in support of the protestors over the New Year’s weekend.
“The great Iranian people have been repressed for many years. They are hungry for food & for freedom. Along with human rights, the wealth of Iran is being looted. TIME FOR CHANGE!” he wrote.
NBC News reported the protests across Iran began as citizens in the country that has a theocratic government spoke out against their upsetment over economic problems.