Mass anti-government protests erupt in Iran after leaders admit to shooting down airliner

by Adam Ford · Jan 12th, 2020 8:29 am

Protests erupted across Iran Sunday for a second day after Iranian leaders admitted to "unintentionally" shooting down the Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737 passenger jet that crashed shortly after takeoff from Imam Khomeini International Airport last week, killing all 176 on board. Up until the admission, Tehran had forcefully denied that they were responsible.

"Our enemy is right here, they are lying that it's America!" protesters who had gathered in the street outside a university in Tehran chanted. They also gathered in other cities across the nation.

Many demonstrators also chanted "Death to the dictator!" "Death to this regime!" and "Down with fanatical rule!"

In a remarkable display, university students in Tehran walked around flags of America and Israel which had been painted on the ground for the purpose of trampling, in a show of respect toward the government's sworn enemies:

Riot police in black uniforms and helmets were out in force, firing tear gas liberally, in an attempt to squelch the protests.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted a message of support to the protesters, saying, "The voice of the Iranian people is clear. We stand with the Iranian people who deserve a better future":

President Trump also tweeted support for the protesters in Farsi, their native language, while warning the regime, "There can not be another massacre of peaceful protesters, nor an internet shutdown. The world is watching."