Rohrabacher Calls on President Trump to Back Iranian Protesters
WASHINGTON – Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats, today released the following statement on this week’s protests in Iran:
Eight years ago, in what we called the Green Movement, or the Persian Awakening, thousands of Iranian protesters took to the streets to call for an end to radical Islamic tyranny. They were brutally suppressed, the streets running with their blood. As masses of protesters were killed or jailed, the new Obama administration faced its first foreign crisis. It watched passively as the mullahs doubled down on death and snuffed out the dreams of a new, forward-looking generation of Iranians.
As 2017 closes, reports out of Iran tell of a new wave of uprisings challenging the hideous regime that remains the world’s chief sponsor of terrorism. The protests have broken out across the country in all the major cities. As the mullahs attempt to crack down, the Trump administration must not make the same mistake its predecessor did. I call on President Trump to make clear, this new year, that a new government is his fondest wish for the Iranian people. He must offer all manner of support, moral and material, to those Iranians who aspire to a life free of religious and political tyranny.
Kenneth Grubbs, 202-225-2415