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House Minority Leader Unveils Resolution in Support of Iranian Protesters

A resolution in support of the protesters in Iran was unveiled by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) late Monday.

The resolution will be brought to the full House for a vote as soon as this week, McCarthy said. “The people of the United States support freedom and democracy, and we will always stand beside those who seek it,” he said in a statement.

The resolution condemns the government of Iran for killing hundreds of protesters last year when they protested the countrys leadership.

It also noted that the government admitted shooting down a Ukrainian airline days after initially saying it had not shot it down. All 176 people on board, including dozens of Iranians and Canadians, were killed.

A woman shouts slogans as she gathers with people to protest in support of the victims of the crash of the Boeing 737-800 plane, flight PS 752, in Tehran, Iran, on Jan. 11, 2020. (Nazanin Tabatabaee/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via Reuters)

The resolution then notes that Iran arrested the British Ambassador to Iran after he attended a vigil for the victims of the downed flight. He was released hours later.

On Jan. 11, protesters across Iran gathered to denounce the countrys leaders, angry that Irans military shot down the plane. Protesters tore down posters of General Qassem Soleimani, who was recently killed by a U.S. airstrike, and chanted slogans including “clerics get lost!”

Video footage circulating online appeared to show Iranian security forces firing at protesters, and one video showed a woman being carried away leaving a trail of blood on the ground as people shouted that she was shot.

The House of Representatives, the resolution states, “condemns the government of Iran for killing approximately 1,500 Iranian citizens who were protesting their government” and “for shooting down Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752” and “for repeatedly lying to its people and to the world about its responsibility for the downing of” the plane.

The people of the United States support freedom and democracy, and we will always stand beside those who seek it.

Here is the full text of my resolution supporting the protestors in Iran. I expect the full House to vote on it this week. pic.twitter.com/nFk25Gjj4P

— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) January 14, 2020

The resolution calls on the government not to use violence against protesters and to “protect the rights of freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.” The government should support the protesters and their demands for accountability.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a Republican, praised McCarthy for the resolution.

“I hope Speaker Pelosi will reconsider her confusion from Sundays show and decide to cosponsor this resolution and makRead More – Source

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