Wednesday, November 16, 2022

On the Virtual Prowl For the Week

As the Revolution in Iran enters its' third month, I just received this from the White House in response to a note I sent forth:


November 16, 2022


Dear Mr. Pouraryan,

Thank you for writing.  I remain gravely concerned about the violent crackdown on peaceful protesters in Iran, and my Administration stands with these brave citizens—among them women and students—who are demanding equal rights and basic human dignity.

For decades, Iran’s regime has denied fundamental freedoms to its people and suppressed the aspirations of successive generations through intimidation, coercion, violence, and the misuse of technologies such as Internet shutdowns.  I believe that the future will be won by countries that unleash the full potential of their populations—where women and girls exercise equal rights, religious and ethnic minorities can live their lives without harassment, and citizens can question and criticize their leaders without fear of reprisal.

To that effect, we are making it easier for Iranians to access the Internet, including secure outside platforms and services.  The United States will hold Iranian officials—and the perpetrators responsible for employing violence meant to suppress civil society, including the Morality Police—to account.  And we will continue to support Iranians’ right to protest freely.

Thank you again for writing to me.  As the citizens of Iran inspire the world with their bravery, we will continue to hold those accountable for inflicting violence against peaceful demonstrators and work to secure the universal rights of all people around the world.



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