The Iranian government claimed for several days that it had nothing to do with downing the Ukranian jetliner. But in the face of overwhelming evidence, on Friday the government reversed course and said the military shot down the jet by accident. The Iranian public is furious at the government for lying and took to the streets to protest.
Where some Iranians had been protesting against the U.S. for killing Qud Commander Qasem Soleimani, now groups are gathering to protest their government and the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
As the protests gathered steam on Saturday, President Trump expressed his support for the protesters.
In Farsi, Trump tweeted:
“To the brave and suffering Iranian people: I have stood with you since the beginning of my presidency and my government will continue to stand with you. We are following your protests closely. Your courage is inspiring.”
Saeed Ghasseminejad, senior adviser and financial economist at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a policy institute based in Washington, D.C. that focuses on national security and foreign policy, said the tweet has received more than 200,000 likes, making it the most popular Persian tweet in the history of Twitter.