Trump demands that Iran respect the protests: "The world is watching them"

The US president, Donald Trump, demanded this Saturday from Iran to allow the mass protests that began today in Tehran to continue due to the demolition of a Ukrainian plane, warning that there should be no "massacres" or "internet cuts."

"The Government of Iran must allow human rights groups to monitor and report on the ground about the protests of the Iranian people. There can be no other massacre of peaceful protesters, nor a cut of the Internet. The world is watching them," Trump wrote in Twitter

Trump was referring to the protests last November, which broke out following the rise in the price of gasoline and resulted in demonstrations against the Islamic Republic, and left at least 304 dead and thousands injured, according to Amnesty International.

To curtail the organization of these protests, the Iranian Government blocked Internet access for six days.

In a previous tweet published in both English and Farsi, Trump expressed support for protests this Saturday in Tehran, where hundreds of Iranians chanted strong slogans against the Islamic system and the Revolutionary Guard.

"To the brave people of Iran, who have been suffering for so long: I have been on their side since the beginning of my Presidency, and my Government will continue to support them. We are closely following their protests, and their courage inspires us," Trump tweeted.

Also the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, pulled the protests and posted a video that seemed to show those demonstrations.

"The voice of the Iranian people is clear. They are fed up with the lies of the regime, their corruption, their ineptitude and the brutality of the Guardians of the Revolution under the klemenei_ir kleptocracy," Pompeo wrote in a tweet, citing the account of Ayatollah Twitter Ali Khameneí.

"We are on the side of the Iranian people, who deserve a better future," he added.

Meanwhile, a senior US official strongly condemned the fact that Iran accidentally shot down the Ukrainian plane with 176 people on board that crashed last Wednesday south of Tehran.

"This is a terrible tragedy. Iran made a horrible mistake," that official, who requested anonymity, told Efe.

"The negligence of Iran has again had devastating consequences. It is more important than ever that Iran abandon its negligent ambitions and begin to behave like a normal country," the source added.

By admitting this Saturday that he shot down the plane, Iran attributed the event to "a human error", confusing it with a cruise missile due to the situation of alert reigning due to the escalation of tension with the United States after the assassination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimaní.

The "mea culpa" came after two days in which the Iranian authorities denied the hypothesis of the demolition, although several countries like Canada had already denounced that a land-to-air missile reached the plane.


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