Discussing protests in Iran following the government’s decision to raise gas prices on 15 November, a senior U.S. official remarked that “people took to the streets frustrated with the Iranian regime’s economic mismanagement and repression… They want the government to focus on the economy at home instead of funding terror abroad”. He further maintained that “from the start, we have been clear that we support the right for people to peacefully protest. Their voices should be heard without fear of retribution or violence. Protestors, journalists, and civil activists must be protected from attacks and not have their rights violated”
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