Press Release ● Foreign Affairs
For Immediate Release: 
January 1, 2018
Contact Info: 
Mariel Saez 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today on the peaceful anti-government protests across Iran: 

“Peaceful protest is one of the basic rights to which all people are entitled, and Iran’s theocratic regime must answer to the demands of those who seek greater freedom and opportunity. The world is watching, and violence against protestors by the ayatollahs or their agents will not be tolerated. Iran remains a sponsor of terror, destabilizing the entire Middle East with its pursuit of ballistic missiles and its support for groups like Hamas and Hezbollah, and its people are right to be angry that their leaders are focused on such activities instead of improving their lives at home. I pray for the safety of those who have taken to the streets and for their grievances to be addressed.”