(UnitedVoice.com) – We have an update to the story we reported on last week about the cause of the Ukrainian passenger jet crash in Iran. It appears the reports were true as Iranian officials claimed responsibility for the plane’s destruction and the deaths of all 176 people on board.
Protestors started filling the streets of Iran over the weekend after the head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, Hossein Salami, apologized for the attack on the jet. Officials said the plane had made a turn towards a military base and was thought to be a hostile target prior to being shot down.
Protesters in Tehran, the capital of Iran, chanted “Khamenei have shame. Leave the country.” The person they’re referring to, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has been the leader of the country for 30 years. There’s no limit to how long he can rule.
Although the protests started in Tehran, they’ve now spread to other areas, including Orumiyeh, Shiraz, Hamedan and Esfahan.
The government of Iran must allow human rights groups to monitor and report facts from the ground on the ongoing protests by the Iranian people. There can not be another massacre of peaceful protesters, nor an internet shutdown. The world is watching.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2020
The protests have received attention from all over the world. President Trump tweeted his support and warned that “there can not be another massacre of peaceful protesters.”
The President’s tweet is referring to the protests that took place in Iran this past November when a reported 300+ protesters were killed.
Fuel prices went up 50% in November because of global sanctions, prompting protests in over 100 cities. UN officials had to ask officials in Tehran to cease shooting at demonstrators. The government also shut down the internet, hoping to prevent news of violence from spreading. Many people, including Trump, are worried the current protests could once again escalate.
Officials in Tehran have already been arresting protestors. During the protests this past weekend, British Ambassador Robert Macaire was arrested with other protesters at Amir Kabir University in Tehran. He was charged with directing and instigating radical demonstrations and has since been released.
After his release, Macaire tweeted that he wasn’t part of the protest, that he was taking part in a vigil for the victims of the Ukranian jet crash.
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