The Iranian government’s admission on Saturday that it shot down a Ukrainian commercial airliner triggered widespread protests nationwide attended by hundreds chanting slogans against the regime and the former head of its foreign terrorist organization, Qasem Soleimani, Breitbart reports.
An American airstrike eliminated Soleimani, officially the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Quds Force, in Baghdad this month. The IRGC is a U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organization; Soleimani led Iran’s terrorism operations abroad and was particularly active in Iraq and Syria against American soldiers.
Iranian officials claimed that the strike against Soleimani resulted in an unknown Iranian soldier shooting down Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) Flight 752 early Wednesday as Tehran shot over a dozen ballistic missiles at U.S. targets in Iraq, a move meant as a response to Soleimani’s demise. Iran had previously claimed a mechanical error had doomed the flight, where all 176 people on board died, and accused the United States of spreading the “false” rumor that the Iranian military shot a Russian Tor missile at it shortly after takeoff to “manipulate stock markets.”
Security forces fire tear gas at Iranian protesters on a street in Tehran, injuring at least one person who falls to the ground after being hit by a canister, a video being shared online by activists shows.
— Ali Hamedani (@BBCHamedani) January 11, 2020
Security forces fire tear gas at Iranian protesters on a street in Tehran, injuring at least one person who falls to the ground after being hit by a canister, a video being shared online by activists shows.https://t.co/muQwHKEQ2W pic.twitter.com/VfY2NCUy3w
— Al Arabiya English (@AlArabiya_Eng) January 11, 2020
— Saeed Ghasseminejad (@SGhasseminejad) January 11, 2020
WOW! Listen to these chants by Iran's students:
"Our enemy is right here. They're lying when they say it's America"
"We don't want an Islamic Republic"
— M. Hanif Jazayeri (@HanifJazayeri) January 12, 2020
Protesters in #Iran are chanting:
“The United States is not our Enemy. They are lying to us. Our enemy is within #Iran” “DEATH TO THE DICTATOR”
Protesters are rioting against the Ayatollah and against the revolutionary guards of Iran for shooting down the Ukrainian commercial plane. The hash tag #گزارشگر means “Allow Me To Be Free”…
The Iranian regime gets this message. Time for politicians and the media to get it too.
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Dean James at Right Wing Tribune