Nikki Haley: 'We Must Not Be Silent' On Iran

"This is the precise picture of a long-oppressed people ... "

United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley on Tuesday called on the world organization to support the growing protests against the tyrannical Iranian regime, declaring "we must not be silent."

Haley denounced the charges made by Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei that the United States had fomented the recent protests, insisting that the demonstrations were “completely spontaneous,” according to a Washington Free Beacon report.

"Now the Iranian dictatorship is trying to do what it always does, which is to say that the protests were designed by Iran's enemies. We all know that's complete nonsense," Haley said.

The protests began December 28 and have swept the nation, from large cities to small rural towns. At first, some of Iran's 80 million people were protesting the country's flagging economy and sky-high inflation, but the protest has grown into a full-fledged refutation of Iran’s hard-line theocratic government.

"The demonstrations are completely spontaneous. They are virtually in every city in Iran. This is the precise picture of a long-oppressed people rising up against their dictators," ​the U.N. ambassador said. "The international community has a role to play on this. The freedoms that are enshrined in the United Nations charter are under attack in Iran.”

Haley also condemned the Iranian government’s response to the demonstrations. "Dozens have already been killed,” she noted. “Hundreds have been arrested. If the Iranian dictatorship's history is any guide, we can expect more outrageous abuses in the days to come."

She also implored the United Nations to support the growing protests that have already claimed at least 21 lives, according to The Hill.

“In the days ahead, we will be calling for an emergency session both here in New York and at the Human Rights Council in Geneva,” she said. “We must not be silent. The people of Iran are crying out for freedom. All freedom-loving people must stand with their cause.”

Haley then touched on the failed Green Revolution in Iran during the Obama administration in 2009, when Barack Obama ignored calls for help from opposition leaders in Iran. This time, she said, the U.S. must support them. “The international community made the mistake of failing to do that in 2009. We must not make that mistake again."

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