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Iran: Mass protests call for leaders to resign․ #DeutscheWelle

12:10, Monday, 13 January, 2020
Iran: Mass protests call for leaders to resign․ #DeutscheWelle

Protests took place across Iran on Sunday for the second day in a row following revelations that the fatal crash of a Ukrainian passenger jet was caused by an Iranian surface-to-air missile. Riot police and soldiers were deployed in large numbers around the capital, Tehran, especially to key sites like Vali-e Asr Square and university campuses.

About 3,000 people took part in protests at Azadi Square in western Tehran, while hundreds more convened on university campuses. Protesters called for the resignation of many members of Iran's ruling elite.

It appeared that much of the nationalist sentiment that the government had hoped to capitalize on following the assassination of General Qassem Soleimani by US forces in Iraq has begun to evaporate, particularly as the Revolutionary Guards did not admit their role in the airplane tragedy until Canada, the US and the UK announced they had evidence the jet was downed by a missile.

Iran: Mass protests call for leaders to resign․ #DeutscheWelle
Iran: Mass protests call for leaders to resign․ #DeutscheWelle
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