Iranian Americans React to Ongoing Protests at Home

Iranians protest in anger over downed Ukrainian plane

Iranians protest in anger over downed Ukrainian plane

Iran's police said on January 13 officers had not fired at protesters demonstrating over Tehran's admission that it shot down a passenger plane, as video on social media recorded gunshots and pools of blood.

Another video shows a woman being carried away from the protests, while people around her call out that she has been shot in the leg by live ammunition. The images also showed blood on the ground and security personnel carrying rifles in the area.

Meanwhile, Esper said, the USA believes it has disrupted the conspiracies that it says has caused the murder of Soleimani, and expects no further Iranian retribution. "Will be totally up to them but, no nuclear weapons and "don't kill your protesters", he wrote, repeating his earlier tweets making similar calls to the Iranian authorities not to open fire. Furthermore, those on the left likely feel uneasy about the protests in Iran, as they are left scrambling to explain how President Obama's crowning foreign policy achievement known as the Iran Deal could have possibly devolved into such a chaotic and murderous mess.

Thousands of people attended vigils Sunday in Canada for the 57 Canadian victims of the Ukrainian airliner crash in Iran, majority from the Iranian community.

On 3 January, a United States drone strike in Iraq killed prominent Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani, who had been responsible for building up Iran's network of regional proxy armies in Iraq and beyond.

Iran's authorities summoned him on Sunday, while members of the hardline Basij militia gathered outside the mission holding signs demanding the "treacherous embassy" be closed, state-affiliated media reported.

Videos sent to the New York-based Center for Human Rights in Iran and later verified by the Associated Press contradict that claim. All 176 on board were killed, including 138 who were headed for Canada.

After days of denying responsibility for shooting down the plane, Iran's senior leaders apologized on Saturday.

On Saturday, Iran admitted that its military "unintentionally" shot down the Ukrainian jetliner, killing all occupants on board, including 57 Canadians.

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Iran responded with a barrage of missiles at two U.S. bases in Iraq, with no casualties at what was seen as an attempt to prevent an escalation spiral.

"We have lost such incredible people", she said. "Azadi Square. Death to the dictator!"

Amirali Hajizadeh, the head of the aerospace division of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), told reporters on Saturday that, upon hearing that Iranian military forces shot down the civilian aircraft, "I wished I was dead so I wouldn't have to see such an accident".

Following the incident, Trump vowed to impose new economic sanctions against Iran, which would cut off billion dollars of support to the country's government.

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U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on January 12 that the administration believes there will be no further Iranian attacks in retaliation against the United States for the killing of its top general. Fifty-seven of them were from the country. He warned the regime against committing another massacre of peaceful protesters and hinted at the censorship being imposed on the people, such as the internet being restricted.

Salami was briefing the Iranian parliament about the incidents in a closed session on Sunday after being ordered to testify by President Hassan Rouhani.

The envoy said he attended a vigil for plane victims. "The world is watching", he wrote. This tragedy struck our Iranian-Canadian community, leaving cities like Edmonton reeling.

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