Thousands of Iranians took to the streets of the country’s capital Tehran on January 11 eve to protest against the government, which had claimed responsibility for the downing of Ukrainian Airlines flight 752.
All 176 crew members and passengers of the flight PS752, 147 of whom were Iranians, were killed in the crash. Iran said that its air-defense force shot down the plane after mistaken it for a hostile target, taking full responsibility for the disaster.
The protests began with students gathering outside Tehran’s university to denounce the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). Later, demonstrations spread in different parts of the city.
“Shame on you, Shame on you” some of the protestors shouted. “End your rule over the country.”
Reuters reported that in one of the protests people called on the country’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to step down, shouting “Commander-in-chief [Khamenei] resign, resign.”
Iran’s ecurity forces confronted the protestors in some areas. However, the demonstration remained peaceful for the most part with no injures being reported.
Earlier, head of the Aerospace Division of the IRGC, Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, accepted full responsibility for the incident, revealing that a communication failure and a wrong identification were behind the disaster.
Iran launched an inquire into the accident, with the country’s senior leaders promising that those responsible for it will be held accountable. These measures will likely de-escalate the tension in the country.