Iranian protesters call for officials’ resignation after plane downing killed 176

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:


  • Iranian protesters voiced their anger on Saturday after the government admitted that its military had shot down a Ukrainian passenger plane by mistake, causing the deaths of all 176 people on board.
  • The protesters expressed their rage at what had initially seemed like a cover-up — before issuing its admission on Saturday, Iran had previously denied any involvement.
  • Students and middle-class professionals joined together to demand the resignation of the country’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.



Several protests erupted in Iran on Saturday after the government admitted that its military had shot down a Ukrainian passenger plane by mistake, causing the deaths of all 176 people on board.

The Ukraine International Airlines flight 752 had crashed early Wednesday only minutes after it took off from the airport in Tehran.

The passengers who were killed in the crash included 82 Iranians, 63 Canadians, and 11 Ukrainians — nine of which were crew members. Ten of the passengers were from Sweden, four were from Afghanistan, three were from the United Kingdom, and three were from Germany.

Iranian protesters voiced their anger at what had initially seemed like a cover-up. The protesters also called for the resignation of the country’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Before issuing its admission on Saturday, Iran had previously denied any involvement.

But it was the belief of U.S. and Canada’s intelligence officials that the plane was shot down by an Iranian missile by mistake, as evidence suggested.

A video also circulated online that seemed to support the belief that the plane was likely shot down. The video, which was verified by The New York Times on Thursday, appeared to show the moment a missile hit the Ukrainian plane.

Video footage of the protests showed hundreds of people chanting “Commander-in-chief (Khamenei) resign, resign,” in front of Tehran’s Amir Kabir university.

 


Students and middle-class professionals joined together to voice their demands for the military to step down.

President Donald Trump tweeted his support for the protesters and warned, “To the leaders of Iran – DO NOT KILL YOUR PROTESTERS. Thousands have already been killed or imprisoned by you, and the World is watching.”

 

Source: Aol.com

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