White House criticizes crackdowns on peaceful protests in Iran


FILE PHOTO: A police motorcycle burns during a protest over the death of Mahsa Amini, a woman who died after being arrested by the Islamic republic's "morality police", in Tehran, Iran September 19, 2022. WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS/File Photo

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) - The White House denounced the crackdown by Iranian security forces conducted against peaceful protests in Iran, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said on Monday.

"We're alarmed and appalled by reports of security authorities' responding to university students' peaceful protests with violence and mass arrests," she told reporters traveling with President Joe Biden to Puerto Rico.

(Reporting by Jeff Mason and Steve Holland; Editing by Chris Reese)

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