Iran: continues to protest against the downing of the Ukrainian plane


Protesters in the Iranian capital, Tehran, continued on Sunday, their demonstrations denouncing what they considered “negligence” by their country’s authorities, which caused the downing of the Ukrainian passenger plane, last week.

The protesters gathered at Azadi Square, one of the most important squares in the capital, chanted slogans such as “Our enemy here, lying by saying that he is the United States”, “Death to the dictator”, and “Do not tell me two glamor, you are the glamor”.

The protests continued amid tight security by the Revolutionary Guards and Iranian security forces, who fired tear gas at the crowds of protesters.

The security forces also attacked and beat the protesters, causing them to close roads and continue to chant.

Faiza Hashemi, daughter of former Iranian President Ali Akbar Rafsanjani, was among the participants in the aforementioned demonstrations.

And Saturday, the Iranian Staff announced, in a statement, that its air defense system shot down the Ukrainian passenger plane, due to a “human error” the moment it passed over a “sensitive military zone”.

While the Iranian Revolutionary Guards announced, later in the day, the commander of his underground force, Brigadier Amir Ali Haji Zada, that he was responsible for the downing of the plane.

Tehran initially denied the plane was hit by a missile, and said it had convincing evidence in this regard.

On January 8, a Ukrainian Boeing 737 passenger plane crashed, killing 176 people, including 82 Iranians, 57 Canadians, 11 Ukraine, 10 Swedes, 4 Afghans, 3 Germans and 3 Britons.


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