Breaking: Iran Hits Back At Trump For Tweet About Protests, This Got Ugly Quick

The nation of Iran is hitting back at President Donald Trump’s show of support to Iranian protesters.

“Many reports of peaceful protests by Iranian citizens fed up with regime’s corruption & its squandering of the nation’s wealth to fund terrorism abroad,” Trump tweeted on Friday evening. “Iranian govt should respect their people’s rights, including right to express themselves. The world is watching!”

Iran’s foreign ministry responded, per Fox News:

Iran strongly dismissed President Trump’s warning and support amid anti-government protests in the capital city of Tehran and elsewhere in the Arabian Gulf country, calling the US president an “opportunist.”

According to the report, Iran Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said, “Iranian people give no credit to the deceitful and opportunist remarks of U.S. officials or Mr. Trump.”

Trump’s initial remark came after protests sprouted up across Iran; the people were contesting their government’s neglect of “high unemployment and the rising costs of food,” according to the report.

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The economic protests began midweek in Mashhad, Iran’s second-largest city and a holy site for Shiite pilgrims. They continued through the weekend with hundreds of students and others protesting at Tehran University.

Officials say roughly 50 protesters have so far been arrested.

And:

Social media videos show clashes between protesters and police. The semi-official Fars news agency said protests on Friday also struck Qom, a city that is the world’s foremost center for Shiite Islamic scholarship and home to a major Shiite shrine.

The demonstrations appear to be the largest to strike the Islamic Republic since the Green Movement in 2009 after Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was re-elected as president.

Trump also shared a pair of videos of the remarks he made about Iran during his speech to the United Nations earlier in the year: