UPDATE: Trump and Pompeo tweet messages of solidarity to Iranian people as mass protests break out
UPDATED @ 4:55 pm EST Jan. 11, 2019: President Trump tweeted the following message to the people of Iran.
Translated from Persian, the message said "To the brave and suffering Iranian people: I have stood with you since the beginning of my presidency and my government will continue to stand with you. We are following your protests closely. Your courage is inspiring."
به مردم شجاع و رنج کشیده ایران: من از ابتدای دوره ریاست جمهوریم با شما ایستادهام و دولت من همچنان با شما خواهد ایستاد. ما اعتراضات شما را از نزدیک دنبال می کنیم. شجاعت شما الهام بخش است.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2020
Secretary of State Pompeo tweeted a message of solidarity to Iranian people on Saturday as large protests erupted across Iran as anger toward the government intensifies in the wake of the downing of the Ukrainian airliner by regime air defenses.
Angry protesters took to the street shouting, "Death to the Islamic republic, down with Khamenei,” as the government deployed large number of regime forces in the capital city of Tehran in response.
The voice of the Iranian people is clear. They are fed up with the regime’s lies, corruption, ineptitude, and brutality of the IRGC under @khamenei_ir's kleptocracy. We stand with the Iranian people who deserve a better future. pic.twitter.com/tBOjv9XsIG— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) January 11, 2020
Chants of میکشم، میکشم، آن که برادرم کشت - which roughly translates to "I will kill those who killed my brother." Protests in #Iran following the government admitting it shot down the Ukrainian airliner by mistake.— Nilo Tabrizy (@ntabrizy) January 11, 2020
Outside Amir Kabir University pic.twitter.com/c6h70Kre9n
Will media rush to report on the large #IranProtests where protestors are demanding the Supreme Leader step down? Or does that defy the narrative they want? Some chants wish death on him and others say "Our enemy is right here, they lie & say its America." pic.twitter.com/TpeQAEOK5J— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) January 11, 2020
Mass revolt in Iran. Several previously pro-regime journalists and media personalities are apologizing to Iranians to misleading them with lies at behest of the regime. Some media personalities who previously worked for state TV are saying they will never work for state TV again https://t.co/zV2QLGbnGN— 🏴☠️ FJ 🏴☠️ (@Natsecjeff) January 11, 2020