Pence: Other nations should speak out in support of Iran protesters

Pence: Other nations should speak out in support of Iran protesters
© Greg Nash

Vice President Pence on Wednesday lamented that many European leaders and the United Nations have “failed to forcefully speak up” in support of civilian protesters in Iran.

“The president and I call on leaders of freedom-loving nations across the world to condemn Iran’s unelected dictators and defend the Iranian people’s unalienable right to chart their own future and determine their own destiny,” Pence wrote in an opinion piece for The Washington Post.

Iranians first took to the streets last week to vent their anger over the nation’s sputtering economy, but the protests soon widened to grievances against Iranian officials.

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The Associated Press reported Tuesday that nine people were killed overnight amid crackdowns on the demonstrations, bringing the overall death toll to at least 21.

Pence said earlier this week that the U.S. will not repeat the “shameful mistake” of the Obama administration by failing to voice support for protesters.

He reiterated on Wednesday his disapproval for the Obama administration’s handling of 2009 protests in the country. 

“The last administration’s refusal to act ultimately emboldened Iran’s tyrannical rulers to crack down on the dissent,” Pence wrote.

He praised President TrumpDonald John TrumpHannity urges Trump not to fire 'anybody' after Rosenstein report Ben Carson appears to tie allegation against Kavanaugh to socialist plot Five takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's fiery first debate MORE’s response to the protests thus far, saying, “This time, we will not be silent."

Over the last week, Trump has tweeted almost daily in support of protesters and in opposition to the Iranian government, saying it is “TIME FOR CHANGE!”

Lawmakers have generally approved of Trump’s stance on the situation, though some, such as Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamKim, Moon toss ball to Trump in ‘last, best chance’ for Korean peace GOP senator: Kavanaugh accuser 'moving the goalposts' Collins: Kavanaugh accuser should 'reconsider,' testify on Monday MORE (R-S.C.), have warned Trump must go farther than just tweeting about the protests.