Donald Trump has shared a tweet entirely in the Iranian language of Farsi to warn leaders in Iran that “the world is watching” them.
The US president pledged his support for the anti-government demonstrators who defied a heavy police presence as they took to the country’s streets over the weekend.
The translated version of the tweet reads: “To the leaders of Iran - DO NOT KILL YOUR PROTESTERS.
“Thousands have already been killed or imprisoned by you, and the World is watching. More importantly, the USA is watching.
“Turn your internet back on and let reporters roam free! Stop the killing of your great Iranian people!”
As it approaches 150,000 likes and almost 40,000 retweets, the post is said to be the most liked Persian tweet in the social media giant’s history.
Protesters were taking action over the government's handling of Ukrainian passenger plane crash that killed all 176 people on board near Tehran last week.
Iranians expressed anger over the downing of the plane and the misleading explanations from senior officials in the wake of the tragedy.
Having previously denied involvement, over the weekend the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard admitted responsibility for shooting down the plane but insisted it was a tragic accident.
In an emotional speech before parliament General Hossein Salami said: “I swear to almighty God that I wished I was on that plane and had crashed with them and burned but had not witnessed this tragic incident.
“I have never been this embarrassed in my entire life. Never.”
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