The US has demanded that the
leadership of Iran release all those arrested during recent anti-
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