Ali Shamkhani, the Secretary of Iranís Supreme National Security Council
Iranís top security official says US President Donald Trumpís move to hide from American protesters in an underground bunker proves that democracy in the United States is a big lie.
"The big lie of democracy and freedom was revealed after Trump fled to his Black Houseís underground bunker for fear of American people," said Ali Shamkhani, the Secretary of Iranís Supreme National Security Council.
"The signs of the decline of the Big Satan are revealing more than ever," he added in a Monday tweet.
Trump fled to the secure White House bunker, usually reserved for times of war or terrorist attacks, in the midst of noisy protests on Friday about the killing of George Floyd by police, and sporadic clashes close to the presidential complexís perimeter.
According to several accounts by unnamed officials, Trump spent nearly an hour sequestered in the austere suite of hardened underground rooms designed for use in grave emergencies, and in which the then vice-president, Dick Cheney, took shelter during the 9/11 attacks.
Trumpís decision to hide was made as chants from protesters in nearby Lafayette Park could be heard in the White House, and Secret Service and DC and park police were required to push back demonstrators from barriers close to the White House, some of whom were throwing stones and water bottles.
The decision to take Trump to the bunker preceded the turning off of external lights at the White House during further protests on Sunday, and has inevitably reinforced the sense of a president under siege.
Thousands of people have been arrested across the United States in angry protests that have now spread to dozens of cities over Floydís death.
Floyd, 46, died after being arrested in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Monday.
After six straight days of unrest, an analysis of state police data from The Associated Press found that at least 4,400 arrests nationwide have been linked to the protests, which began in Minneapolis.
SOURCE: PRESS TV