President Hassan Rouhani, giving his first public reaction to four days of anti-government protests, said on Sunday Iranians had the right to protest in addition to criticize the authorities nevertheless their actions should not lead to violence or damage public property.
“People are absolutely free to criticize the government in addition to protest nevertheless their protests should be in such a way as to improve the situation inside country in addition to their life,” Rouhani was quoted by the official IRNA news agency as telling the cabinet.
“Criticism is actually different through violence in addition to damaging public properties.”
Anti-government protesters demonstrated on Sunday in defiance of a warning by the authorities of a tough crackdown, extending for a fourth day one of the most audacious challenges to the clerical leadership since pro-reform unrest in 2009.
Tens of thousands of people have protested across the country since Thursday against the Islamic Republic’s unelected clerical elite in addition to Iranian foreign policy inside region. They have also chanted slogans in support of political prisoners.
“Resolving the problems is actually not easy in addition to would likely take time. The government in addition to people should help each various other to resolve the issues,” Rouhani said, according to IRNA.
Rouhani also rebuffed U.S. President Donald Trump’s comments in support of the protests.
“This kind of man in America who is actually sympathizing today with our people has forgotten that will he called the Iranian nation terrorists a few months ago. This kind of man who is actually against the Iranian nation to his core has no right to sympathize with Iranians,” Rouhani said.