The UN Security Council on Friday opened a meeting on the deadly protests in Iran, at the request of the United States.
A Security Council diplomat told Fox News that countries opposed to the discussion could call a vote to stop it from going ahead.
He went on to list protests in the USA, from the Occupy Wall Street movement in 2011 to demonstrations outside the 1968 Democratic National Convention.
In contrast to the USA response to the Iran protests in 2009, where the Obama administration took a relatively hands-off approach, President Trump has promised "great support" for the demonstrators, while the State Department has hinted at sanctions for officials who abuse protesters and said that it will use Facebook and Twitter to communicate directly with activists.
A total of 21 people have died and hundreds have been arrested since December 28 as protests over economic woes turned against the Iranian regime, with attacks on government buildings and police stations. The days of pro-government rallies drew crowds in the tens of thousands.
The U.S. called Friday's meeting after giving moral support to the anti-government protesters in a week of demonstrations and counterdemonstrations.
Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said the demonstrations are a domestic matter, not an global security issue warranting the attention of the U.N.'s most powerful body.
U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley also said the worldwide community can't let Iran silence protesters' messages, particularly by blocking some social media platforms.
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Russian Federation requested the consultations and was set to call for a procedural vote to try to block an open meeting requested by the United States on the anti-government demonstrations, which President Donald Trump has openly supported. Russian Federation has been vocal in its opposition to the session, with Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov accusing the US of infringing on Iran's sovereignty.
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif listens to anchor Charlie Rose, at an event held in conjunction with the 72nd United Nations General Assembly in Manhattan, New York, U.S., September 27, 2017.
Some other members urged a careful approach to weighing in on the protests: "Yes, of course, to vigilance and call for full respect of freedom of expression, but no to instrumentalization of the crisis from the outside because it would only reinforce the extremes, which is precisely what we want to avoid", French Ambassador Francois Delattre said before the meeting. She said the global community must also "do more" to prevent Iran from silencing protesters' messages, particularly by blocking some social media platforms.
The formal meeting was preceded by closed-door consultations requested by Russian Federation, which has accused Washington of interfering in Iran's national affairs and maintains the protests are not a matter for the council.
Khoshroo also said the United States had abused its power as a permanent member of the Security Council by calling for a meeting to discuss the protests.
U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley has praised the anti-government demonstrators as fearless freedom-seekers who need the world's support.
"This is a matter of fundamental human rights for the Iranian people, but it is also a matter of worldwide peace and security", said Haley.