USA: Haley lauds 'tremendous courage' of protesters against 'Iranian dictatorship'

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley praised the «great bravery for the Iranian people to use the power of their voice against their government,» speaking in New York City on Tuesday. «It takes great bravery for the Iranian people to use the power of their voice against their government. Especially, when its government has an old history of murdering its own people who dare to speak... Еще the truth,» Haley said, before reading out social media posts written by Iranians in support of the protests. Haley also rejected Iranian leaders' allegations that the protests were designed by Iran's enemies: «We all know that's complete nonsense. The demonstrations are completely spontaneous. They are virtually in every city in Iran. This is the precise picture of a long oppressed people's rising up against their dictators.» «We must not be silent. The people of Iran are crying out for freedom,» Haley said, adding that the US will call for emergency sessions on Iran at the UN in New York and at the Human Rights Council in Geneva. At least 21 people have died in Iran's anti-government protests that have raged since Thursday, with rallies against rising food prices, unemployment and alleged corruption. Iran's Supreme Leader Sayyid Ali Hosseini Khamenei has blamed 'enemies' for the disruption.

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