Iranians reacted with shock and incomprehension yesterday after their military confessed to accidentally shooting down the Ukrainian airliner that crashed outside Tehran on Wednesday, killing all 176 people on board.
Videos on social media showed crowds gathering in central Tehran and other cities to chant anti-government slogans and tearing up pictures of the assassinated General Qassem Soleimani.
‘I wish I had died, and I wouldn’t have seen such an incident,’ Hajizadeh said somberly at a press conference. He claimed that a ‘request had been made to clear the sky from civil flights at that time, but it did not happen due to reservations.’
For days, Iran vehemently denied that it was responsible for downing Flight 752 from Tehran to Kyiv on January 8, accusing the U.S. of spreading malicious propaganda and lies for suggesting such a scenario.
Footage from the Iranian capital showed police in riot gear and on motorcycles massed in public squares and lining the entrances to the University of Tehran, one of the sites where hundreds turned out for protests on Saturday night chanting for prosecutions and a referendum on the country’s theocratic system.
A clip purportedly shot on Sunday morning at Allameh Tabataba’i University in Tehran showed a small group of students chanting slogans against the country’s state-run media outlets. Its authenticity could not be immediately verified.
Sparked by opposition to a fuel price hike amid dangerously punitive US sanctions, the protests grew into a major revolt against corruption, poverty and the regime’s incorrigible nature.
The government’s brutal attempts at repression are believed to have taken the lives of between 300 and 1,500 people, but an internet shutdown obscured much about the protests, including their death toll.
The thugs took Eve’s iPhone XS leaving her unable to ring for help. Her confused granny was sadly unable to help as she couldn’t understand how to use the phone to call 999.
She continued: “I wrote notes with mascara and put them under the door to try and help her remember how to use the phone but it was no use.