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Protests In Tehran After Iran Admits Shooting Down Plane by Dpaulie: 6:02am On Jan 12
Protests in Tehran after Iran admits shooting down plane
Videos and comments on social media show angry Iranians calling on leadership to resign over plane crash incident.


A group of Iranian protesters has demanded Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei step down after Tehran said its military mistakenly shot down a Ukrainian plane, killing all 176 people on board.

"Commander-in-chief [Khamenei] resign, resign," videos posted on Twitter showed hundreds of people chanting in front of Tehran's Amir Kabir University on Saturday.

Others on Twitter asked why the plane was allowed to take off when tensions in Iran were so high.

The students chanted slogans denouncing "liars" and demanded the resignation and prosecution of those responsible for downing the plane and allegedly covering up the accidental action.

Fars said the protesting students chanted "destructive" and "radical" slogans.

The United Kingdom confirmed its ambassador Rob Macaire was arrested briefly during the demonstrations, accused of 'inciting' the protesters in front of the Amir Kabir University. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the arrest was a "flagrant violation of international law" and repeated calls for Iran to de-escalate tensions.

Earlier on Saturday, Iran said its military had shot down the Ukrainian plane, calling it a "disastrous mistake".
The military claimed air defences were fired in error during an alert which was imposed after Iranian missile struck US targets in Iraq.

Iran denied for days after Wednesday's crash that it brought down the plane, although a top Revolutionary Guards commander on Saturday said he had told authorities about the unintentional missile strike the day it happened
Public mourning gatherings turn into protests in #Iran. Angry crowds chanting, "Death to the
Speaking from Tehran, Al Jazeera's Dorsa Jabbari said: "There is a lot of anger. Iranians are demanding justice and accountability. Many people including families of the victims are in shock. They do not understand why their government would have lied to them for this long."

"Vigils that were held near Amir Kabir University quickly turned into anti-government protests with people calling for the IRGC to leave the country," she said.

Iran's leadership last faced mass protests in November following the rise in petrol prices.

[Condemnations
Foreign governments have condemned Iran's action, with Ukraine demanding compensation and a United States official calling the downing "reckless".

The United Kingdom said Tehran's admission was an important first step.

Supreme leader Khamenei, until now silent about the crash, said information should be made public, while top officials and the military issued apologies.

What caused a Ukranian plane to crash in Tehran?
But state television suggested revealing the truth might be used by the "enemies of Iran", usually a reference to the US and Israel.

The crash heightened international pressure on Iran after months of friction with the US and tit-for-tat attacks.

A US drone strike killed a top Iranian military commander in Iraq on January 3, prompting Tehran to fire at US targets on Wednesday.

Experts said mounting international scrutiny would have made it all but impossible to hide signs of a missile strike in any investigation.

They said Iran may have felt a U-turn was better than battling rising criticism abroad and growing grief and anger at home, as many victims were Iranians with dual nationality.

Rare apology
Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), in a rare step, apologised to the nation and accepted full responsibility for the plane crash.

Senior Guards commander Amir Ali Hajizadeh said he had informed Iran's authorities on Wednesday about the unintentional strike, a comment that raised questions about why officials had publicly denied it for so long.

Speaking on state television, he said he wished he "could die" when he heard the news about the incident.

Ukraine demanded an official apology and compensation. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called for "a complete and thorough investigation" with Iran's full cooperation.

Iranian Foreign Affairs Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote on Twitter that "human error at time of crisis caused by US adventurism led to disaster", citing an initial armed forces investigation into the crash.

A military statement said the plane flew close to a sensitive Revolutionary Guards site at a time of high alert.

But Ukraine said the plane was in a normal flight corridor. Iran's Civil Aviation Organisation also said the airliner had not veered off its normal course.

Ukraine International Airlines said Iran should have closed the airport, adding that it received no indication it faced a threat and was cleared for take-off.

Analysts said an investigation would almost certainly have revealed signs on the smashed fuselage of a missile strike.

"There's nothing you can do to cover it up or hide it," said Anthony Brickhouse, an air safety expert at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and former US National Transportation Safety Board investigator. "Evidence is evidence."

The disaster echoed a 1988 incident, when a US warship shot down an Iranian airliner, killing 290 people. While Washington claimed it was an accident, Tehran said it was intentional.
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/01/iranian-protesters-demand-khamenei-quit-downing-plane-200111171757858.html

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Re: Protests In Tehran After Iran Admits Shooting Down Plane by hisgrace090: 6:15am On Jan 12
Terrible!


Iran on their way to humiliate America made a horrible mistake, what do we call this?


I wish Iran and their supporters will understand the handwriting on the wall and stop futher aggressive move against America.

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Re: Protests In Tehran After Iran Admits Shooting Down Plane by salamudeen(m): 6:25am On Jan 12
Hmmmm

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Re: Protests In Tehran After Iran Admits Shooting Down Plane by RapistOnBail: 6:25am On Jan 12
The president might eventually step down owning to the gruesome flight attack.

In my beloved country Nigeria, the president would have been given a traditional title by SOME poor insecured Masses from a Region of retardedd Iliterate Almajiri Scholars.

God bless the Federal Republic Of Nigeria.
God bless RapistOnBail

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Re: Protests In Tehran After Iran Admits Shooting Down Plane by datola: 6:25am On Jan 12
This is a big sign for Iran to back down and open peace talks with world's biggest brother, USA.

Iran should not listen to Russia o

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Re: Protests In Tehran After Iran Admits Shooting Down Plane by etebefia: 6:25am On Jan 12
That is holding leadership accountable, not like what we have in Nigeria.

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Re: Protests In Tehran After Iran Admits Shooting Down Plane by EmmyUrch: 6:26am On Jan 12
Where are those ussless Nigeria Islamic terrorists supporting Iran? Thunder fire all of you.

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Re: Protests In Tehran After Iran Admits Shooting Down Plane by Untainted007: 6:26am On Jan 12
Even from biblical age, that region has been restless.

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Re: Protests In Tehran After Iran Admits Shooting Down Plane by Niyi9002(m): 6:26am On Jan 12
Another regime change? Arab spring? sad shocked

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Re: Protests In Tehran After Iran Admits Shooting Down Plane by yeyeboi(m): 6:26am On Jan 12
Ok
Re: Protests In Tehran After Iran Admits Shooting Down Plane by helinues: 6:26am On Jan 12
Bicycle kick own goal scored by Iran Iranu

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Re: Protests In Tehran After Iran Admits Shooting Down Plane by Jubal01(m): 6:27am On Jan 12
When 2 elephants are fighting, its d grasses that suffers.

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Re: Protests In Tehran After Iran Admits Shooting Down Plane by eleojo23: 6:27am On Jan 12
The tides have turned against Iran.

It is indeed true that when planning revenge, dig two graves: one for your enemy and one for yourself. In this case, Iranians ended up killing themselves.

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Re: Protests In Tehran After Iran Admits Shooting Down Plane by drips8(m): 6:27am On Jan 12
Since the Plane Crash was due to human error. The people should take down the government by human error also.

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Re: Protests In Tehran After Iran Admits Shooting Down Plane by drightguy(m): 6:28am On Jan 12
See what their anger caused! 176 people not fowl cry

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Re: Protests In Tehran After Iran Admits Shooting Down Plane by GogobiriLalas: 6:28am On Jan 12
Only to be expected; the West will milk this for all it's worth

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Re: Protests In Tehran After Iran Admits Shooting Down Plane by Bellotelli: 6:28am On Jan 12
Iran

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Re: Protests In Tehran After Iran Admits Shooting Down Plane by Racoon(m): 6:28am On Jan 12
Good! Holding leaders to accountability.The evil was planted from within, the revolt or another Iranian revolution will also start from within.Another Iranian revolution like that of 1978 is on the way.meanwhile, the Nigerian Shiites were just protesting senselessly.

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Re: Protests In Tehran After Iran Admits Shooting Down Plane by Kennitrust(m): 6:28am On Jan 12
They said, "whom the gods want to kill, he first made them mad".




The atrocities of Iran is hunting them now tongue tongue

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Re: Protests In Tehran After Iran Admits Shooting Down Plane by mariovito(m): 6:29am On Jan 12
There it goes.
Re: Protests In Tehran After Iran Admits Shooting Down Plane by SpatialKing(m): 6:29am On Jan 12
Don't play with the USA ��

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Re: Protests In Tehran After Iran Admits Shooting Down Plane by Flyingngel(m): 6:30am On Jan 12
Arab spring on the move.
Either Iran is revenging what USA did to their airplane many years back or they were simply targeting USA spies who came under the cover of another country passport.
Now that the citizens has started protesting all that the USA need to remove the Ayatollahs from power is to mobilize the citizens for a sustained protect.
No leader has ever survive a sustained protest from 60% of the citizens.

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Re: Protests In Tehran After Iran Admits Shooting Down Plane by whixstan(m): 6:30am On Jan 12
Iran never saw this coming
Trump will be so happy right now
Hearing bout the tension in Iran


We pray for peace
Hsd grin

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Re: Protests In Tehran After Iran Admits Shooting Down Plane by isaacprinz(m): 6:31am On Jan 12
That is a very high level of incompetence, though it will put an end to the brewing war.

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Re: Protests In Tehran After Iran Admits Shooting Down Plane by shaggy007: 6:31am On Jan 12
helinues:
Bicycle kick own goal scored by Iran Iranu

Abacha

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Re: Protests In Tehran After Iran Admits Shooting Down Plane by Dididrumz(m): 6:31am On Jan 12
Much Expectected
Re: Protests In Tehran After Iran Admits Shooting Down Plane by fydence: 6:32am On Jan 12
There must be more to this crash I doubt it was an accident..but I'm no accident investigator

However, if it was an accident...na so Iran wn take fight US and Israel so? Only to bomb two empty bases una don dey make mistake shoot civilian aircraft..

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Re: Protests In Tehran After Iran Admits Shooting Down Plane by 9jayes: 6:32am On Jan 12
Blame everything on Trump, if he hadn't killed Suleimani Iran wouldn't have shut down the plane by mistake. 176 people just die like chicken cos of Trump.

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Re: Protests In Tehran After Iran Admits Shooting Down Plane by Xisnin(m): 6:33am On Jan 12
The victims are the sacrificial lamb of peace.

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Re: Protests In Tehran After Iran Admits Shooting Down Plane by pode(m): 6:33am On Jan 12
This is a nice steps to take not the other way round

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Re: Protests In Tehran After Iran Admits Shooting Down Plane by kelvxyn: 6:35am On Jan 12
Power drunk....... This world is doomed.
Re: Protests In Tehran After Iran Admits Shooting Down Plane by Dave0116(m): 6:35am On Jan 12
grin

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