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US Applauds Iranian Women’s “Remarkable” Protests

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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken described the large rallies in Iran as “extraordinary” as he met activists initially from the nation where the Islamic authority is cracking down.

Blinken hailed the “amazing demonstrations of bravery across Iran as women, young people, and many others continue to stand up for the basic rights that continue to be denied to them by the Iranian dictatorship” in the opening remarks of a meeting at the State Department.

After the death on September 16 of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who was detained by the renowned morality police, Iran had its worst wave of demonstrations in years.

“I believe we are witnessing something that is pretty amazing across the nation, driven particularly by women and young people, in the aftermath of Mahsa Amini’s murder and the spontaneous display of anger that this has caused,” Blinken said.

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Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, an advocate for women’s rights, and US point man on Iran Rob Malley, who has facilitated months of negotiations to revive a 2015 nuclear agreement, were there with Blinken.

Actress Nazanin Boniadi, author Roya Hakakian, and advocate for gender equality Sherry Hakimi all attended the conference.

According to Hakakian, the organization encouraged President Joe Biden’s government to call off the nuclear discussions, which might lift severe sanctions against Iran if that country complies with its nuclear program’s limitations.

“We all agreed that the nuclear discussions should be put on hold until the violence ceases. And I believe that everyone clearly understood what we said “After the meeting, she spoke with National Public Radio.

John Kirby, a spokesperson for the White House, said on Thursday that while the United States still supported the nuclear agreement. It was doubtful that it would be restored “anytime soon.”

Hardline cleric and Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi accuse the US of inciting demonstrations to topple the Islamic state.

Blinken said that he was prepared for similar charges that his meeting demonstrated that the demonstrations were external.

If such is the case, the Iranian government “essentially — fundamentally — does not comprehend their own people,” according to Blinken.

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