Iranians and students in Tehran and other cities held protests last night and today to express their outrage to Ali Khamenei after the Iranian regime admitted that it shot down a Ukrainian commercial airliner, killing all 176 aboard.
Riot police fired teargas and used water cannons against thousands of protesters in the capital on Saturday, where many chanted “Death to the dictator”, and “Commander in Chief, resign, resign” directing their anger at the Islamic Republic’s Supreme Leader.
Many of those killed on the plane were students or alumni of Iran’s most prestigious universities including Tehran’s Sharif University of Technology.
Protesters were also angry that the regime withheld information about the shoot down for three days, blaming the incident on “technical issues”.
These lies were echoed by the regime’s state-run TV.
Protesters chanted, “Down with the liar” and “Our state-run TV is our disgrace” during heated protests last night and this morning in Iran.
Angry students at Amir Kabir University of Technology and Sharif University of Technology in Tehran chanted “Khamenei is a murderer and his rule is not valid” last night. Security forces shot tear gas into Amir Kabir University.
Protesters also gathered in Somayyeh Street and Hafez Street near Amir Kabir University and chanted, “We don’t want the Islamic Republic”.
Videos from Iran also showed nightly protests in the northeastern city of Mashhad, central city of Isfahan, and northern city of Rasht.
Protesters chanted against the Islamic Revolutionary Guards and the dead commander of the Qods Force, Qasem Soleimani.
“Soleimani is a murderer and his leader is ignorant”, they chanted.
At least two videos showed angry protesters tearing large banners with images of Soleimani.
Today, university students in Beheshti University and Alame Tabatabaie University in Tehran, Damghan University in northern Iran and the Industrial University of Isfahan gathered and echoed last night’s outrage against Ali Khamenei.
The last round of protests in Iran erupted in November 2019 after the regime tripled the price of gasoline. Security forces used lethal force on Ali Khamenei’s direct orders killing at least 1,500 civilians and protesters.
Though protesters have chanted against the all powerful “Supreme Leader” in the past, the amount of direct open anger against him last night and today is unprecedented and many believe it signals an end to the regime.