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U.S. Legislators React to Iranian Protests

Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. File photo

While protest assemblies in Iran have kept up their momentum and spread in different cities of the country, several American legislators have called upon “freedom-loving nations” to support the demands of the Iranian people.

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) has issued an official statement, Saturday, December 30, expressing his solidarity with the people of Iran.

“I call upon freedom-loving nations everywhere to rally behind and publicly express their support for the Iranian people”, Ted Cruz said in his statement.

Praising “brave Iranians” who have poured into the streets, the Senator from Texas has reiterated, "I strongly support and stand in solidarity with the Iranian people who are bravely taking to the streets to speak out against their repressive, brutal government in Tehran”.

According to senator Cruz, “These protests reveal to the world that the Iranian regime would rather export and finance terror beyond its borders--especially to its terrorist proxies in Syria, Gaza, Iraq, Lebanon, and Yemen--than work to meet the basic needs of its own citizens”.

Senator Cruz has also emphasized, “The Iranian people want freedom and an end to the ayatollahs' reign of terror”.

Furthermore, senator Cruz, a vehement opponent of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) or Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers, has not missed the chance to dismiss the agreement as disastrous.

“The sanctions relief provided under the disastrous Obama nuclear deal has done nothing but line the pockets of Iran's mullahs whose sole desire is to spread their hateful ideology and do everything they can to murder Americans, Israelis, and our allies across Europe and the Middle East”.

Senator Cruz, who was Donald Trump’s main challenger in Republican primaries in 2016, has called upon the White House to fully support protesters in Iran. “I urge the Trump Administration to do everything possible to support these courageous protestors, and I call upon freedom-loving nations everywhere to rally behind and publicly express their support for the Iranian people."

A day earlier, President Trump had publicly condemned the arrest of protesters in Iran, telling Tehran that "the world is watching" as officials reported fresh demonstrations over economic hardships, corruption and the Islamic Republic’s extraterritorial military interventions.

"Many reports of peaceful protests by Iranian citizens fed up with regime's corruption & its squandering of the nation's wealth to fund terrorism abroad," Trump tweeted.

"Iranian govt should respect their people's rights, including right to express themselves. The world is watching! #IranProtests."

The speaker of the US House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, also urged people on Friday through his Twitter account to support the ongoing protests against the Iranian government suggesting it was “important.”

In his tweet, Ryan described the rioters as “nonviolent protestors.” He insisted that their demonstrations are no surprise since they are a response to a “regime more focused on propping up terrorist organization than addressing the plight of its citizens.”

The U.S. State Department and the White House also issued statements condemning the arrests of protesters in Iran and demanding that Tehran allow free expression by the people.