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White House warns Iran against meddling in Gaza protests in US

2024.07.09 16:25

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House on Tuesday accused Tehran of trying to take advantage of Gaza-related protests in the U.S. and described such behavior as unacceptable, following a warning by the top U.S. intelligence official that Iran was trying to stoke discord in American society.

The warning, issued earlier on Tuesday by Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines, said actors tied to Iran’s government had posed as activists online, sought to encourage protests regarding Gaza and even provided demonstrators with financial support.

In a press briefing, White House spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters: “Americans across the political spectrum, acting in good faith, have sought to express their own independent views on the conflict in Gaza. The freedom to express diverse views when done peacefully is essential to our democracy.”

She added: “At the same time, the U.S. government has a duty to warn Americans about foreign malign influences … We will continue to expose attempts to undermine our democracy in our society just as we are today.”

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A sign adorns a tent at a protest encampment in support of Palestinians in Gaza, as student activists join campuses across the United States in a call on their universities to divest financial ties from Israel, in University Yard at George Washington University in Washington, U.S., May 1, 2024. REUTERS/Gershon Peaks/File Photo

There was no immediate comment from Tehran.

(This story has been refiled to replace ‘of’ with ‘against’ in the headline)



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