US says Iran protestors have clear message: ‘Stop wasting our wealth abroad’

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert speaks during a briefing at the State Department in Washington. (File photo: AP)

The US State Department said on Tuesday it was following reports of nationwide strikes in Iran.

In a Twitter statement, spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the US “supports the right of the Iranian people to peacefully express their rightful demands.”

She added: “These strikes have a message for the regime: stop wasting Iran’s wealth abroad and start addressing the needs of your own people.”

Iranian teachers went on strike October 14 and 15, holding sit-ins at elementary and high schools across the country to protest “unfair wages,” “degradation of education quality,” “inflation,” and “the continuation of the arrest of [teachers rights] activists.”

The two-day strike was called by the Coordinating Council of Teachers Union.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 14:03 - GMT 11:03