(MENAFN- Trend News Agency)
The White House denounced the crackdown by Iranian security
forces against peaceful protests in Iran, White House press
secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said, reports citing .
“We're alarmed and appalled by reports of security authorities'
responding to university students' peaceful protests with violence
and mass arrests,” she told reporters traveling with President Joe
Biden to Puerto Rico.
The ongoing protests are in response to the death two weeks ago
of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who was beaten by security forces for
wearing an“improper” hijab.
Jean-Pierre said university students in Iran are“rightly
enraged” by her death and that the weekend crackdowns are the type
of events that prompt young people in Iran to leave the country
“and seek dignity and opportunity elsewhere.”
She gave no indication that the crackdown would impact US
efforts to resurrect the Iran nuclear deal, which then President
Donald Trump abandoned in 2018.
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