The United States called on Iranian demonstrators to unveil videos and pictures of government abuses as the Islamic Republic continues its bloody crackdown on widespread protests.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued the request via twitter on Thursday saying, “Brave Iranian protesters! Send us your videos, photos, and information about the crackdown on protests by the Iranian regime. The United States will publicly condemn the persecution of protesters.”
This comes as the Islamic Republic continues its near-blackout of the internet in response to the mass protests which erupted just days ago following a fuel price hike.
According to Amnesty International, over 100 people have been killed in the bloody crackdown on the widespread protests.
According to the report, “Video footage shows security forces using firearms, water cannons and tear gas to disperse protests and beating demonstrators with batons. Images of bullet casings left on the ground afterwards, as well as the resulting high death toll, indicate that they used live ammunition.”
While Iranian media claims only a small number of people have died, reports speculate the number could be much higher than even 100 people.
The White House condemned the use of “lethal force” targeting Iranian protestors who have been holding demonstrations against the gasoline price hikes in recent days.
The White House released a statement Sunday saying, “The United States supports the Iranian people in their peaceful protests against the regime that is supposed to lead them. We condemn the lethal force and severe communications restrictions used against demonstrators.”
The statement continues, “Tehran has fanatically pursued nuclear weapons and missile programs, and supported terrorism, turning a proud nation into another cautionary tale of what happens when a ruling class abandons its people and embarks on a crusade for personal power and riches.”
Reports suggest over 1,000 people have been arrested in recent days amid the nationwide protests.