Iranian Americans are closely watching protests in Iran, where a government crackdown has led to the deaths of at least 21 people and the arrests of more than 400 over the past week. Thousands of counter-demonstrators have marched in support of the regime. Mike O’Sullivan reports that in the Iranian community of Southern California, the largest outside Iran, most are hoping for a peaceful resolution, and reform.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has promised unwavering U.S. support for the people of Iran. In an interview with VOA Wednesday, Pence was critical of the previous administration for doing what he said was too little to support Iranians protesting the controversial 2009 election. Observers say the current unrest is a result of long-simmering discontent with the country's repressive regime and signals its demise. VOA's Zlatica Hoke has more.
U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster says the Iranian people “are expressing frustration about a regime that pays more attention to exporting terrorism” than meeting the needs of its own people. In a wide-ranging interview with VOA Contributor Greta Van Susteren, McMaster said protesters in
As thousands of Iranians staged rallies across the country to protest economic hardship and anger at the country's government, members of Congress used social media to voice support for the demonstrators and to call on the Iranian government to respect the right of the people to protest.