U.S. envoy Haley praises courage of Iranians, says protests spontaneous

by Reuters
Tuesday, 2 January 2018 19:08 GMT

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 2 (Reuters) - U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Tuesday praised the courage of Iranian demonstrators and said protests across the country were spontaneous, not driven by outside forces.

After she read out social media posts written by Iranians in support of the protests, Haley dismissed Iranian leaders' contention that the protests were designed by Iran's enemies.

"We all know that's complete nonsense," she said. "The demonstrations are completely spontaneous. They are virtually in every city in Iran. This is the precise picture of a long oppressed peoples rising up against their dictators." (Reporting by Rodrigo Campos and Doina Chiacu; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

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