Iran’s Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli says the US, Israel and regional reactionary states, which pretend to be supporting Iranian people’s rights, actually lack real understanding of the nation. “Our enemies, especially those who have no standing in their [own] countries and not been elected by people, have claimed to be backing our people and our people’s rights in the past few days,” he said on Sunday.
“The occupying Zionist regime, the reactionary regimes in the region and the US are gleefully projecting certain scenes in their faulty minds as if something were happening in Iran,” Rahmani Fazli said. “They have not recognized our people,” he added. The remarks came in response to meddlesome statements made by American and Israeli officials following scattered protests against economic problems in some Iranian cities.
Trump took to Twitter to express support for the demonstrations, claiming that “the good people of Iran want change.”
“The Iranian government should respect their people’s rights, including right to express themselves. The world is watching!” he further tweeted.
Trump’s remarks came shortly after he made outrageous and insulting comments about Iranians. In his speech on strategic review of US policy on Iran in October, Trump used “Arabian Gulf” to refer to the waters separating Iran and the regional Arab states, which are historically known as the Persian Gulf.
Before his speech, Trump had called Iran a “terrorist nation.” He has also issued a travel ban against nationals of several Muslim-majority states, including Iran. Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi on Saturday denounced Washington’s “duplicitous and opportunist” support for the protests.
PressTV-Iran slams ‘duplicitous’ US support for protests Iran’s Foreign Ministry denounces the ‘duplicitous and opportunist’ US support for recent protest rallies in Iranian cities.
Meanwhile, Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan claimed that the Iranian people were “bravely standing up” while Regional Cooperation Minister Tzachi Hanegbi tweeted that Iranian protesters were “courageously risking their lives in the pursuit of freedom.” Elsewhere in his comments, Rahmani Fazli stressed that the situation will return to normal “with tolerance and prudence,” adding, “We are more determined than ever to respond to people’s demands.” The demonstrators in the capital, Tehran, and other Iranian cities expressed their discontent with price hikes, unemployment and unauthorized credit institutions.—Agencies