demonstrators hit the streets this weekend condemning Iranian
authorities for shooting a Ukrainian passenger plane and killing all 176 people
disaster came hours after Iran fired missiles at Iraqi military bases housing
US troops. That move retaliation for a drone strike at Baghdad airport that
killed Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani.
calling for Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to step down and for those
responsible for downing the plane to be prosecuted.
have shame. Leave the country,” chanted protesters in the capital, Tehran,
in footage posted on social media.
Khamenei has been
in office for three decades, and there is no limit to his term.
chant during a vigil for the victims of the Ukraine airliner crash in Tehran on
Protests have now
spread to other cities, including Shiraz, Esfahan, Hamedan and Orumiyeh,
Donald Trump tweeted his support for the demonstrators, saying his
administration will “continue to stand by you.” Likewise, Israeli
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu voiced his support for the protesters and
called on European powers to increase pressure on the Iranian regime.
denied US claims that the country had struck down the plane before admitting
the mistake Saturday.
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said his country “deeply regrets this disastrous mistake” and his “thoughts and prayers go to all the mourning families.” The Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif blamed the disaster on “human error” and “US adventurism.”