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UK News Iran social media posts call for more protests after plane disaster

09:10  15 january  2020
09:10  15 january  2020 Source:   reuters.com

Iran makes arrests over plane disaster as protests rage on

  Iran makes arrests over plane disaster as protests rage on Iran makes arrests over plane disaster as protests rage onDUBAI (Reuters) - Iran said on Tuesday it had arrested people accused of a role in shooting down a Ukrainian airliner and had also detained 30 people involved in protests that have swept the nation since the military belatedly admitted its error.

In Tehran, protesters gathered near universities and called for the resignation of Supreme Leader Ali Iran declined to release a death toll at the time, but Amnesty International said more than 300 The plane crashed Wednesday, but Iran did not reveal that it had shot down the aircraft until Saturday.

Iran 's Rouhani calls for release of innocent, unarmed protesters . After days of denying blame, Iran acknowledged on Saturday it had shot the plane down during a state of high alert The most recent video posted on social media showed protesters gathered into the night in Tehran and other cities

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Protesters demonstrate in Tehran © Reuters/Social Media Protesters demonstrate in Tehran

By Babak Dehghanpisheh

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iranian social media posts urged citizens to take to the streets for a fifth day on Wednesday, after public anger erupted following the belated admission by the authorities that they had shot down a passenger plane in error last week.

Protesters, with students at the forefront, have staged daily rallies in Tehran and other cities since Saturday, when the authorities admitted their role in bringing down a Ukrainian plane last week, killing all 176 aboard, after days of denials.

The plane was downed by air defences on Jan. 8 when the armed forces were on high alert for U.S. reprisals following tit-for-tat military strikes, the latest escalation in a crisis has rumbled on for years over Iran's nuclear programme.

Iran says it 'unintentionally' shot down Ukrainian jetliner

  Iran says it 'unintentionally' shot down Ukrainian jetliner  Iran state TV, citing military, says country 'unintentionally' shot down Ukrainian jetliner because of human error.TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran announced Saturday that its military ‘unintentionally’ shot down a Ukrainian jetliner, killing all 176 aboard.

DUBAI (Reuters) - Videos on social media recorded gunshots fired in the vicinity of Iranian protests that were staged after Tehran admitted bringing down a passenger plane Other posts showed police in riot gear hitting protesters with batons on the street, as people nearby shouted "Don't beat them!"

DUBAI - Videos on social media recorded gunshots fired in the vicinity of Iranian protests that were staged after Tehran admitted bringing down a passenger plane in error. It was not immediately possible to verify the footage posted late on Sunday and which also showed blood on the ground and images

Britain, France and Germany formally accused Iran on Tuesday of violating the terms of its 2015 agreement to curb its nuclear programme, a move that could lead to reimposing U.N. sanctions.

Iran's president called the plane disaster an "unforgivable error", the military has issued profuse apologies and the judiciary said it had arrested some of those accused of having a role in the crash, in the effort to quell public outrage.

Some protests have been met with a violent crackdown. Videos on social media have showed people being beaten by riot police and shocked with electric batons. They also recorded gunfire and blood on the ground. Most protests flared at night.

"We're coming to the streets," one posting circulating on social media said on Wednesday, urging people to join nationwide demonstrations against a "thieving and corrupt government".

Students gather in Tehran to mourn victims, protest Iran officials in wake of downed plane

  Students gather in Tehran to mourn victims, protest Iran officials in wake of downed plane Iranian police dispersed students chanting "radical" slogans during a Saturday gathering in Tehran to honour the 176 people killed when an airliner was mistakenly shot down, Fars news agency reported. AFP correspondents said hundreds of students had gathered early in the evening at Amir Kabir University, in downtown Tehran, to pay respects to those killed in the air disaster. The tribute later turned into an angry demonstration. The studentsAFP correspondents said hundreds of students had gathered early in the evening at Amir Kabir University, in downtown Tehran, to pay respects to those killed in the air disaster.

DUBAI — Iranian protesters gathered for a third day on Monday in the capital amid public anger over the military’s admission that it had shot down a civilian airliner last week, videos from inside Iran posted on social media showed. It was not immediately possible to authenticate the video.

'Inspiring': Trump tweets in Farsi to speak directly to Iranian people protesting regime. President Trump sent out a tweet in Farsi telling Iranians protesting Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei that he stands behind them.

Wednesday marks a week since the crash, coinciding with a Muslim Shi'ite tradition of mourning the dead after seven days.

Tuesday's protests appeared smaller, with postings showing peaceful demonstrations, mainly on university campuses.

Thousands of protesters have been shown in videos gathering in the past four days in cities across Iran. Many have been outside universities, while Tehran's central Azadi Square has been a focus. But the full scale of protests and unrest is difficult to determine due restrictions on independent reporting.

State-affiliated media have reported protests taking place, but have given limited details.

Police had denied shooting at protesters and say officers were told to show restraint. The judiciary said it had arrested 30 people but would show tolerance to "legal protests".

Iranians were outraged the military took days to admit it had shot down Ukraine International Airlines flight 752, carrying mainly Iranians or dual national. They asked why the plane had been allowed to take off at a time of high tension.

PM calls for ‘full’ inquiry after reports that Tehran airliner was shot down

  PM calls for ‘full’ inquiry after reports that Tehran airliner was shot down Downing Street called the media reports about the plane crash that killed three Britons ‘very concerning’.Boris Johnson used a phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to call for a “full, credible and transparent investigation” following the plane crash.

Social media footage has shown protests in Iran , some of them calling for Supreme Leader Ali The plane was shot down on Wednesday, hours after Iran had struck two air bases housing US forces in Iran has decided it has to own this disaster to avoid triggering another war of words with the West or

Videos on social media recorded gunshots fired in the vicinity of Iranian protests that were staged after Tehran admitted bringing down a passenger plane in error. Other posts showed police in riot gear hitting protesters with batons on the street, as people nearby shouted “Don’t beat them!”

Iran had launched missile strikes against U.S. targets in Iraq hours earlier in retaliation for a U.S. drone strike that killed a top Iranian commander in Iraq on Jan. 3.

'DEATH TO KHAMENEI'

Security camera footage showed two missiles, fired 30 seconds apart, hitting the plane after takeoff, the New York Times reported, after U.S. intelligence officials said on Jan. 9 heat signatures of two surface-to-air missiles were detected.

Iran's semi-official Fars news agency said a person who had posted a video online last week of a missile striking the plane has been taken into custody by the Revolutionary Guards, the elite force that said one of its operators shot down the plane.

Since the official admission, Iranians held vigils for the victims, which swiftly turned into protests against Iran's system of clerical rule. "Death to Khamenei," protesters have chanted in anger at Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

In November, the Iranian authorities quelled protests with a fierce crackdown that killed 1,500 people, Interior Ministry sources told Reuters. Rights groups put the figure in hundreds and Iran called the toll "fake news".

Victims' nations to press Iran over plane downing

  Victims' nations to press Iran over plane downing Ahead of a London meeting, Canada vows to "get to the bottom" of what happened to Flight PS752.Ministers from five countries that lost citizens in the crash are due to meet in London later to demand answers.

Iran ’s president called last week’s downing of the Ukrainian plane a “ disastrous mistake” on A full picture of protests inside Iran is difficult to obtain because of restrictions on independent media . The demonstrations are the latest development in one of the most serious increases in tension between

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iranian protesters gathered for a third day on Monday in the capital amid public anger over the military’s admission that it had shot down a civilian airliner last week, videos from inside Iran posted on social media showed. It was not immediately possible to authenticate the video.

The disaster and unrest have piled pressure on the Iran's rulers, who are already struggling to keep the economy running under stringent U.S. sanctions imposed after Washington withdrew in 2018 from the nuclear pact Tehran had with world powers.

Iran has stepped back from its commitments to the 2015 deal, under which Tehran said it would scale back on its nuclear work in return for the lifting of international sanctions.

Britain, France and Germany said on Tuesday they had launched a dispute mechanism to challenge Tehran for breaching limits on its programme, which Tehran has insisted is peaceful but Western capitals have said is designed to develop weapons.

Russia, another signatory to the pact, has said triggering the mechanism might make it impossible to return to the deal.

On Thursday, London hosts a meeting of Canada, Ukraine, Britain and other nations who had citizens on the downed plane to discuss legal action against Iran, Ukraine said.

Canada, which had 57 citizens on the flight, has sent investigators to Iran, where they toured the crash site on Tuesday, Iranian media reported.

(Editing by Edmund Blair)

Ukraine Plane Crash: Reports Airliner Shot Down By Iranian Missile ‘Very Concerning’, Says Johnson .
Downing Street has said it is looking into “very concerning” reports that the Ukraine airliner that crashed in Iran was shot down by a missile. Boris Johnson has called for a “full, credible and transparent investigation” into what caused the disaster as it was claimed the plane was accidentally brought down by an Iranian surface-to-air missile, according to two Pentagon officials and an Iraqi intelligence official. Newsweek reported the flightBoris Johnson has called for a “full, credible and transparent investigation” into what caused the disaster as it was claimed the plane was accidentally brought down by an Iranian surface-to-air missile, according to two Pentagon officials and an Iraqi intelligence official.

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