Washington, DC – Today, the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) issued the following statement regarding the ongoing protests in Iran that began in response to water shortages in Khuzestan province and have now expanded into several other cities and provinces.
“We are closely monitoring the ongoing protests in Iran, which have resulted in numerous reported deaths. As always, PAAIA supports the democratic aspirations of the Iranian people, especially their right to freedom of assembly, expression, and speech,” PAAIA’s Executive Director Leila Austin said, “We condemn the use of violence against peaceful protesters in Iran. PAAIA stands in solidarity with the people of Iran and recognizes their hopes and ambitions for human rights.”
The Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nonsectarian organization that serves the interests of Iranian Americans and represents the community before U.S. policymakers and the American public at large.