As the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement grows, it has gained support from some university students in Iran, according to an Iranian state-run media outlet.
The Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported that a group of Iranian university students began gathering outside the Swiss Embassy in Tehran last Thursday to offer their opinion of the events taking place in the U.S.
The Iranians were protesting the violent actions of New York City police officers against Occupy Wall Street protestors, saying that their actions were contradictory of the “statement of the U.S. officials in support of human rights.” The article also said that the Iranian students described the American protest as recognition by the American people that their government acts on behalf of a “Zionist lobby.”
According to the IRNA, the Iranian demonstrators shouted slogans such as: “There is no more use for artillery, tank and Liberals” (sic), “Down with the U.S., Down with Israel”, “Liberal Democracy is finished” and “Confronting Islam is the last nail in the U.S. Coffin”. The gathering reportedly ended with the burning of an American flag and the “chanting of anti-U.S. and anti-Zionist regime mottos.”
President Barack Obama also weighed in on the OWS movement last week, saying that it “expresses the frustrations the American people feel.” The President said that protestors are justified in their anger at Wall Street bankers, and used rhetoric familiar to his Administration to denounce wealthy Americans. Some people speculate that the recent involvement of political activism groups like MoveOn.org in OWS demonstrations will lead to Obama’s use of the frustrated youths as an election vehicle as the 2012 election draws near.