Over 1,000 Iranians protested their government on Saturday in Tehran after officials admitted that an Iranian military officer mistakenly shot down a Ukrainian jet plane carrying 176 passengers and crew on board.
Everyone on the plane was killed as the plane crashed to the ground on Wednesday morning. Iran first denied involvement in the crash and tried to blame an engine malfunction.
Besides the crowd in Tehran, people also gathered in at least six more locations to protest the plane’s downing. Most of the locations were on or near universities.
The protesters urged Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to step down over the plane’s downing. Some protesters shouted “death to the Islamic Republic” and “death to the dictator.”
There were also candlelight vigils for the dead. Security forces used tear gas against protesters in Tehran.
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