Protests In Iran Increase After The Demolition Of The Ukrainian Commercial Aircraft

Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Iran on Sunday, on the second day of protests, after the state admitted that it shot down a Ukrainian passenger plane, causing the deaths of the 176 people on board.

The demonstrations began this Saturday. That day, riot authorities fired tear gas and pellets at protesters who left at night in Tehran and other major cities.

Crowds shouted "Death to the dictator" as they marched, sending a harsh but clear message to Ali Jamenei, the supreme leader of Iran.


Amazing scenes of protest in Tehran tonight. While thousand have been on the streets in months past, Tehran tended to shy away from protests. Not now Incompetence of regime in downing the plane is just too much.

– Bessma Momani (@b_momani) January 11, 2020

Protests in the streets of Iran

However, the balances of injured in the demonstrations are not reliable. News agencies associated with the Iranian State reported on the protests.

Social networks, meanwhile, have been very active, after the publication of several videos on the repression of the Government.

Protests broke out after the military authorities in Iran admitted that they accidentally shot down the Ukraine International Airlines plane. The 176 people aboard the flight died. Many of them were Iranians with dual citizenship.

Large crowds are gathering on Tehran's Azadi Street on this second day of anti-regime protests in Iran.

Iranians are furious with their government for downing a civilian aircraft, which killed 176 people aboard.# IranProtests2020

– Masih Alinejad 🏳️ (@AlinejadMasih) January 12, 2020

Newspapers criticize the regime

The media not associated with the State have criticized the efforts of the Iranian Executive. "Apologize and resign," the newspaper Etemad titled in his header on Sunday. The newspaper said that the "demand of the people" was that those responsible for the mishandling of the plane crisis resigned.

Criticisms of the Iranian authorities are not unusual in the country, but they tend to remain in limited limits.

The regime has been facing the most violent riots since November since the Islamic revolution of 1979. The political crisis in the Persian country has become an escalation of tensions with the United States.

Saturday's protests spread throughout Iran, including large cities such as Shiraz, Isfahan, Hamedan, Orumiyeh and Tehran. Regarding the demonstrations, President Donald Trump said: "We are following his protests closely, and we are inspired by your courage."

The president wrote on his twitter account: “To the leaders of Iran – DO NOT KILL THEIR PROTESTANTS. Thousands have already been killed or imprisoned by you, and the world is watching. ”

To the leaders of Iran – DO NOT KILL YOUR PROTESTERS. Thousands have already been killed or imprisoned by you, and the World is watching. More importantly, the USA is watching. Turn your internet back on and let reporters roam free! Stop the killing of your great Iranian people!

– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2020

Concern in the EU over detention of British ambassador

Josep Borrell, senior representative of the European Union for Foreign Policy, said he was "very concerned" about the temporary detention of the United Kingdom ambassador to Tehran, Rob Macaire.

The authorities arrested Macaire during a protest in Tehran. It was an arrest "without reason and without explanation," which constitutes a "flagrant violation of international law." This was stated by British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab.

Foreign Secretary @DominicRaab calls brief detention of @HMATehran a “flagrant violation of international law.” Full statement:

– Foreign Office 🇬🇧 (@foreignoffice) January 11, 2020

Borrell, meanwhile, said he was "very concerned about the temporary detention of the United Kingdom ambassador to Iran. Total respect for the Vienna convention is essential. The EU asks to reduce the tension and that there is room for diplomacy ”.

According to UK media, Macaire was attending a vigil to remember the victims of the downed Ukrainian plane. He was arrested when he returned to the British Embassy.

The Sky News network said Macaire was arrested as "suspected of organizing, provoking and directing radical actions."

Tehran's version

The Iranian government said it had summoned the ambassador of the United Kingdom on Sunday to complain about his attendance at an "illegal" demonstration in Tehran, in honor of those killed in the Ukrainian plane shot down by the country's military forces.

"Today, Rob Macaire was summoned for his unconventional behavior of attending an illegal act on Saturday," the Iranian Foreign Ministry website said.

The United Kingdom previously said that its ambassador to Iran had been briefly detained on Saturday, which, according to Iranian media, was due to the incitement of anti-government protests.

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