Iran: White House 'appalled' by Iranian authorities' brutal crackdown on peaceful protests
"We're alarmed and appalled by reports of security authorities' responding to university students' peaceful protests with violence and mass arrests," she told reporters traveling with President Joe Biden to Puerto Rico.
The ongoing protests are in response to the death two weeks ago of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who was beaten by security forces for wearing an "improper" hijab.
Amini was arrested and died just days later in hospital. Iranians have been outraged by what is seen by many as a tragic, senseless loss of life.
Jean-Pierre said university students in Iran are "rightly enraged" by her death and that the weekend crackdowns are the type of events that prompt young people in Iran to leave the country "and seek dignity and opportunity elsewhere".
She gave no indication that the crackdown would impact US efforts to resurrect the Iran nuclear deal, which then President Donald Trump abandoned in 2018.