Washington, D.C. – House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) spoke on the House floor today about House Resolution 791, his resolution supporting the protestors in Iran. The resolution also condemns the government of Iran for shooting down Ukrainian International Airlines Flight 752 and calls on the Iranian regime to not use force against its own people. “This resolution deserves to be heard,” he said. “But more importantly, the world deserves to hear this Congress act.”

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“The Iranian protesters are showing incredible courage standing up to a government that kills and brutally silences its own people… 

“…when Iranians took to the streets to protest late last year, many were shot and killed by their own country’s security forces. Death tolls show Iran’s government killed 1,500 people during the two-month demonstration. According to experts, this is the bloodiest crackdown on protesters since the Islamic Revolution in 1979. It came after the Supreme Leader of Iran gave a chilling order to ‘do whatever it takes to end it.’ Sadly, attacks on innocent civilians have been all too common in Iran. This is just another horrifying chapter in their long history of harming their own citizens.

“What is happening in Iran is a reminder that here in the United States there should never be any hesitation to stand with people in their calls for freedom… 

“…that is why I stand here today: to ask you to lend freedom your voice and unconditional support… 

“…this resolution sends a strong message that the United States stands with the Iranian people: we are with them in their demands for a free and honest government. But the resolution also intends to amplify the voice of the Iranian protesters. It does not call for anything Iranians have not already demanded themselves…

“…this resolution is the right way to amplify their call for freedom in Iran.”