Iranian Anti-Government Protests Continue Amid Reports Of Gunfire
The protests began after Tehran admitted it had shot down a Ukrainian liner by mistake
Anti-government protests have been raging in Iran for the third day in a row after Tehran admitted that it mistakenly shot down a Ukrainian passenger plane, which killed all 176 people on board..
Videos are being published on the Internet in which students gathered at universities in Tehran and Isfahan chant: “Clerics, get out!”
Earlier videos show security forces using live ammunition and tear gas against demonstrators in Tehran. Authorities have denied opening fire on protesters, but the semi-official Fars news agency reports that police “used tear gas in some areas” to disperse the protesters..
The video shows the demonstrators clearing their throats and spitting tear gas. Voice of America was unable to obtain independent confirmation of the video’s authenticity.
Tehran Police Chief General Hussein Rahimi Insists Authorities Show “Patience And Tolerance” To Protesters.
“The police did not shoot at the participants of the rallies, since the principle of the capital police is open-mindedness and restraint,” Iranian media quoted him as saying..
The protests began after Iran admitted on Saturday that due to “human error” an air defense operator shot down a Boeing 737 plane with a missile last Wednesday. The incident took place hours after Tehran fired 16 ballistic missiles at Iraqi military bases where US troops are stationed. The strikes were in response to a US drone strike that killed Qassem Soleimani, commander of the elite Quds unit..
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