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Trump slams Iranian govt for internet censorship, supports citizens' rights

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has called for calm urging people not to resort to violence

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

US President Donald Trump
US President Donald Trump

President has slammed the Iranian government for shutting down the internet amidst country-wide protests against it.

"Iran, the Number One State of Sponsored Terror with numerous violations of Human Rights occurring on an hourly basis, has now closed down the Internet so that peaceful demonstrators cannot communicate. Not good!" Trump tweeted on Sunday.

Earlier in the day, in a separate tweet, Trump said the is watching "very closely" for human rights violations in in wake of the protests.

"Big protests in The people are finally getting wise as to how their money and wealth is being stolen and squandered on terrorism. Looks like they will not take it any longer. The USA is watching very closely for human rights violations!" he said.

Trump's statements were followed by a statement in support of the Iranian protesters.

"We support the right of the Iranian people to express themselves peacefully. Their voices deserve to be heard," Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said on Sunday.

"We encourage all parties to protect this fundamental right to peaceful expression and to avoid any actions that contribute to censorship," she said.

In a separate statement, the Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said the long-repressed Iranian people are now finding their voice.

"The Iranian government is being tested by its own citizens. We pray that freedom and human rights will carry the day," she said.

At least two demonstrators have reportedly been killed in the Iranian protests in the last few days, The New York Times said on Sunday.

Iranian President has called for calm urging people not to resort to violence.

"We are a free nation, and based on the and citizenship rights, people are completely free to express their criticism and even their protest," Rouhani was quoted as saying by the state-run PressTV.

First Published: Mon, January 01 2018. 09:02 IST