Protest in Tehran Over UIA Plane Downing
Hundreds of students took to the streets near two universities in central Tehran to demand Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, step down
Photo Radio Farda
Hundreds of people gathered outside Amir Kabir and Shirf universities in central Tehran to protest the lack of transparency regarding the shooting down of a Ukrainian passenger plane on January 11, 2020 after Tehran said that its military had mistakenly targeted the plane, killing all 176 people on board, Radio Farda reported.
Protesters demanded that Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei step down, Reuters reported with reference to a video uploaded to Twitter. The agency could not verify the authenticity of the video footage.
“Commander-in-chief (Khamenei) resign, resign,” Reuters cites the video as saying.
— اردوی کار (@ordoyekar) January 11, 2020
The protest was called by students of the university to mourn the victims of the downing and light candles for them, the Iranian branch of Radio Liberty, Radio Farda, reported.
Citing a tweet posted by a student activist posted it from the scene, Radio Farda states that law enforcement officers used tear gas against the activists gathered in front of Amir Kabir University.