Washington's U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley called for an urgent UN meeting on Tuesday following the deadly demonstrations in Iran, praising the "great bravery" of the protesters.
Nikki Haley, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, called on the international community to speak out on the unfolding protests in Iran, saying the U.S. would seek emergency U.N. talks on the situation.
"The people of Iran are crying out for freedom," Haley said at a news conference.
"All freedom-loving people must stand with their cause."
The comments came as Riot police took to the streets in several cities on the sixth day of protests, as security forces scrambled to contain the strongest challenge to Iran's leadership since 2009. Protesters have chanted slogans against all of Iran's leaders, including the clerical elite, and attacked police vehicles, banks and mosques as the unrest widened.
Washington will seek emergency sessions at the United Nations to express support for the protesters, Haley said, adding that the international community had failed to support the so-called “Green Revolution” protests in 2009 that were crushed by Tehran.
She said the United States would be seeking emergency sessions of the UN Security Council and the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Commission in the coming days.
After she read out social media posts written by Iranians in support of the protests, Haley dismissed Iranian leaders' contention that Iran's enemies designed the demonstrations.
"We all know that's complete nonsense," she said. "The demonstrations are completely spontaneous.
The PMOI, also known as Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK), once enjoyed the protection of Saddam Hussein and spearheaded an attack on Iran following the country's devastating war with Iraq. The group has also taken part in assassination attempts against Iranian officials, including Ayatollah Khamenei himself.
The MEK controls a front group, the National Council of Resistance in Iran, which claims to be a broad coalition despite evidence that the group is wholly under the control of Rajavi.
Events by the group have featured such figures as former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton, Saudi Prince Turki bin Faisal Al Saud, and others who remain bitterly opposed to Iran.
"The freedoms that are enshrined in the United Nations charter are under attack in ran. Dozens have already been killed. Hundreds have been arrested," Haley said.
More than 450 protesters have been arrested in the capital Tehran in the last three days, Tehran's deputy provincial governor said, and hundreds of others were detained around the country. A judicial official said some could face the death penalty.
"If the Iranian dictatorship's history is any guide, we can expect more outrageous abuses in the days to come," she said.