Iranians Take to the Streets to Protest Against Their Government, Honor US Flag
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Iranian citizens took to the streets on Sunday night to protest their corrupt government after an Iranian missile shot down a Ukrainian plane carrying 176 people.
Now viral videos show demonstrators yelling anti-Iranian government slogans as they march through subway stations and sidewalks.
Check out what Breitbart reported:
Videos posted online showed protesters shouting anti-government slogans and moving through subway stations and sidewalks, many near Azadi, or Freedom, Square after an earlier call for people to demonstrate there. Other videos suggested similar protests were taking place in other Iranian cities.
Riot police in black uniforms and helmets earlier massed in Vali-e Asr Square, at Tehran University and other landmarks. Revolutionary Guard members patrolled the city on motorbikes, and plainclothes security men were also out in force. People looked down as they walked briskly past police, hoping not to draw attention to themselves.
The plane crash early Wednesday killed everyone on board, mostly Iranians and Iranian-Canadians. After initially pointing to a technical failure and insisting the armed forces were not to blame, authorities on Saturday admitted to accidentally shooting it down in the face of mounting evidence and accusations by Western leaders.
Some of the protesters honored the American and Israeli flags as they refused to step on them during their demonstrations on Sunday.
Check out some of the moments below:
The videos were taken in Tehran at Beheshti University. Some people stepped on the two flags and were immediately booed as people chanted, "Shame on you!"
The protests come in the midst of growing tension between the two countries and came in response to the downed airline plane.
“The Ukrainian flight that crashed just outside the Iranian capital of Tehran was struck by an anti-aircraft missile system, a Pentagon official, a senior U.S. intelligence official and an Iraqi intelligence official told Newsweek,” Newsweek reported.
“Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752, a Boeing 737–800 en route from Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airpot to Kyiv’s Boryspil International Airport, stopped transmitting data Tuesday just minutes after takeoff and not long after Iran launched missiles at military bases housing U.S. and allied forces in neighboring Iraq,” Newsweek added. “The aircraft is believed to have been struck by a Russia-built Tor-M1 surface-to-air missile system, known to NATO as Gauntlet, the three officials told Newsweek.”
Newsweek continues by citing the Pentagon and a U.S. senior intelligence official, saying, “One Pentagon and one U.S senior intelligence official told Newsweek that the Pentagon’s assessment is that the incident was accidental. Iran’s anti-aircraft were likely active following the country’s missile attack, which came in response to the U.S. killing last week of Revolutionary Guard Quds Force commander Major General Qassem Soleimani, sources said.”
Of the 176 people who were pronounced dead, 63 were from Canada.
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