US Urges Release of Iran Protesters

The US has demanded that the

leadership of Iran release all those arrested during recent anti-

government protests.

A White House statement said the Trump administration was

“deeply concerned” that Iran had imprisoned thousands for engaging

in “peaceful protests”.

It is not known how many people have been arrested.

The official figure is about 1,000, but other sources in Iran

suggest it could be much higher.

Iranian officials say the majority of those arrested have now

been released, with only “instigators” facing trial.

The unrest, the largest of its kind since a disputed presidential

election in 2009, initially began over price rises and corruption. But, it

quickly spiralled into a wider display of animosity towards the

government and ruling clerics. At least 21 people were killed in violence

between protesters and the authorities.

The latest US support for the protesters comes as President

Donald Trump is deciding whether to continue to extend Iran’s relief

from sanctions before a deadline on Friday.

The relief is in return for Iranian compliance with a 2015 deal on

curbing its nuclear activity.

Source: Oman News Agency