- United States would soon take action against those responsible for cracking down on the November protests.
- The US State Department issued a statement on the anniversary of the November 2019 nationwide protests.
- Pompeo expressed hope that other countries would join the United States and call on the government of the Islamic Republic to release political prisoners immediately
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a message posted on the State Department website that the United States would soon take action against those responsible for cracking down on the November protests. The US State Department issued a statement on the anniversary of the November 2019 nationwide protests.
In a statement issued by Mike Pompeo, the US Secretary of State said that on November 16, 2019, people in more than 200 Iranian cities took to the streets to protest the 40-year-old economic turmoil caused by a “corrupt regime that’s wealth.”
“On November 15, 2019 and in the week that followed, brave Iranians took to the streets of more than 200 cities across Iran to protest four decades of mismanagement by a corrupt regime that squandered its people’s wealth on terrorism abroad and oppression at home,” Pompeo said in a statement.
The statement added that while the demonstrators were exercising their “right to freedom of expression”, they were “confronted with a regime that displayed an extremist ideology of violence and unbridled terror”.
“The Iranian regime tried to hide the evidence of its brutal crackdown through censorship, intimidation, and the digital darkness of Internet shutdowns, and still refuses to allow independent investigations into the killings it perpetrated during that fateful week,” he added.
Pompeo said in a statement posted on the State Department website. The regime violates both its own laws and its universal obligations to the rights of its people. “The United States will continue to promote accountability by announcing further actions against the agents of repression later this week to bring a measure of justice to the Iranian people, the longest-suffering victims of the Islamic Republic of Iran.”
A State Department statement said the government of the Islamic Republic was imprisoning the relatives and survivors of the victims of the wave of protests, simply because they were pursuing the situation of their relatives.
Pompeo says the world must understand that in such an evil regime there is no moderate force to come to power. What exists is “only the employees who defend and benefit from this brutal machine.”
In the statement, Pompeo expressed hope that other countries would join the United States and call on the government of the Islamic Republic to release political and ideological prisoners immediately.
Pompeo stressed in the statement that the United States will “never forget the victims of the regime.” He said the United States would announce more action against the perpetrators next week to hold the Iranian regime accountable, bringing the Iranian people, longtime victims of the Islamic Republic of Iran, closer to justice.
“As the protesters exercised their freedom of expression, the regime responded by expressing its radical ideology of indiscriminate violence and terror,” Pompeo said.
“In doing so, the regime once again revealed its true nature and squandered any remaining claim to legitimacy in the eyes of the Iranian people. The regime killed as many as 1,500 Iranians, including at least 23 children,” he said.