Congressman Francis Rooney’s statement on the latest Iran protests
Washington, D.C.- Congressman Francis Rooney issued the following statement on protests in the Grand Bazaar in Tehran, Iran.
“The latest round of protests rocking the Iranian capital are further evidence of the asymmetries between the people of Iran, who yearn for democracy, and the repressive regime. The people care about rampant unemployment and rising inflation, while the radical mullahs in charge are more concerned with exporting terror and establishing Shiite hegemony across the region. The United States must stand with the democratically-minded Iranian people.”
Last October, Congressman Rooney wrote about the democratic ideals of the Iranian people, in contrast to the tyrannical regime, in his op-ed “A Long View on Iran.” The piece highlighted a 2012 study by the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya that revealed Iranians have more democratic potential than Egyptians, Moroccans, Indians, Russians, South Koreans and Ukrainians.