Protests grow after Iran admits to downing airliner
14 January, 2020, 03:56
"There cannot be another massacre of peaceful protesters, nor an internet shutdown". They denounced Canadian and USA officials who said evidence pointed to the accidental downing of the plane by an Iranian missile. "The Iranians shouldn't have to risk their lives to exercise their constitutional right to peaceful assembly". People cough and stutter as they try to escape the fumes.
However, the semi-official Fars news agency reported that police had "shot tear gas in some areas". "Azadi Square. Death to the dictator!", one woman yells out in Farsi.
In a video circulating online, a woman is seen on the ground, with blood splattered on the pavement near her, as others try to pick her up, some saying "she's been shot". Those around her cry out that she has been shot in the leg.
Video and photos show a trail of blood on the sidewalk.
Anti-riot police officers and other security forces were on the streets of Tehran yesterday as Iranians continued to express anger at the ruling parties. People looked down as they passed the police briskly, apparently trying not to attract attention.
The demonstration comes in the aftermath of the downing of Ukraine International Flight PS 752, a Boeing 737 that crashed shortly after takeoff in Tehran on Wednesday.
130 people holding Iranian nationality were among those killed on the plane. US officials cited satellite and radar data as evidence a missile hit the jetliner, which occurred around the same time Iran launched two missile attacks at bases in Iraq housing USA troops.
The plane was shot down early Wednesday, hours after Iran launched a ballistic missile attack on two military bases housing US troops in Iraq in retaliation for the killing of Soleimani in Baghdad. But there was no retribution.
Trump had previously praised the demonstrators, saying in an official message in Persian, "To the courageous and suffering Iranian people: I have stood with you since the beginning of my presidency and my government will continue to stand with you".
"I don't think the administration has been straight with the Congress of the United States, ' she said on 'Meet the Press".
Ukrainian International Airlines Flight PS752 was also carrying 82 Iranians, 11 Ukrainians, 10 Swedes, 10 Afghans, three Germans, and three Britons.
If the past few days have proved anything, it is that neither regime seems interested in anything more than appearing strong to itself.
Some Iranian artists, including famous director Masoud Kimiai, have withdrawn from an upcoming worldwide film festival. Two state TV hosts resigned in protest over the false reporting about what happened to Flight 752.
U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday warned Iran against harming protesters.
"The world is watching". The government blocked Internet access for days, making it hard to gauge the scale of the protests and subsequent crackdown.
The first protest erupted in Tehran at what was initially billed as a candlelight vigil.
Demonstrations over the "unforgivable mistake" started over the weekend. Normal to want to pay respects - some of victims were British. "Anything I do, whether it's the economy, military, or anything else, will be scorned by the Radical Left, Do Nothing Democrats!" U.K. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raabdecried the arrest as a "flagrant violation of global law". "They are hurt, angry and grieving", said Trudeau. But he said when he called Macaire he realized that it was him and that the ambassador had been released 15 minutes later.