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VIDEOS: Iranians Protest Military's Role in Downing of Plane


A woman holds a picture of newlyweds, victims of the crash of the Boeing 737-800 plane, Flight 752, as people gather to show their sympathy in Tehran, Iran, Jan. 11, 2020.

Hundreds of Iranians protested in several cities around the country Saturday after Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps admitted to mistakenly shooting down a civilian Ukrainian plane, killing all 176 on board.

In Tehran, students of Sharif University, also known as Iran’s MIT, chant, “Referendum is our people’s salvation!"

Sharif University, Tehran, Iran
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The protests were not limited to Tehran. People in the northern city of Rasht called Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and his allies "shameless."

Protesters in Rasht, Iran
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Anti-riot police watch protesters near Amirkabir University in Tehran.

Anti-riot police in Tehran
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Protest videos show some demonstrators shouting, “Down with the dictator!” and calling Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei a "traitor," near Tehran’s Polytechnic (Amirkabir) University.

Tear Gas Lobbed at Protesters Near Amir Kabir University
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In a video posted to filmmaker Jafar Panahi’s Instagram account, police fire tear gas at demonstrators near near Amirkabir University in Tehran.

Amir Kabir University Protest
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Protesters near Sharif University in Tehran chant, “Our leader is ignorant and a source of shame.”

Sharif University, Tehran, Iran
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* VOA could not independently verify the authenticity of these videos.

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