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White House says it is ‘alarmed and appalled’ at suppression of Iran protests

Iranians hurl stones at police station in Zahedan on September 30, 2022. (Screen capture: Twitter)
Iranians hurl stones at police station in Zahedan on September 30, 2022. (Screen capture: Twitter)

The United States is “alarmed and appalled” at the crackdown by Iranian authorities on student protesters angered by the death of Mahsa Amini after her detention by morality police, the White House says.

“We’re alarmed and appalled by reports of security authorities, responding to university students’ peaceful protests with violence and mass arrests,” Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre says aboard Air Force One.

The students “are rightly engaged with the Iranian government’s treatment of women and girls and the ongoing violent crackdown on peaceful protests.”

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