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Gunmen ‘Open Fire on Protesters in Iran’ as Citizens Rise Up Against Regime

Iranian demonstrators demand change in leadership, protests turn bloody as gov't responds

 on 13th January 2020 @ 1.00pm
videos have emerged that appear to show gunman opening fire on protesters in iran © press
Videos have emerged that appear to show gunman opening fire on protesters in Iran

As the people of Iran are rising up in protest against the Iranian regime, videos have emerged online that appear to show police opening fire on anti-government demonstrators.

Iranian police can be seen using tear gas and firing shots at demonstrators who have taken to the streets in protest over the Islamic Republic’s initial denial that it shot down the Ukrainian plane last week, killing all 176 people on board.

Videos uploaded to social media late on Sunday show pools of blood on the ground while gunshots can be heard in the background as people run away screaming.

Wounded people can also be seen as they are being carried away by others.

Other posts show protesters being beaten by riot police with batons on the street, as people nearby can be heard shouting "Don’t beat them!"

In a statement on the Iranian regime-controlled news website on Monday, Tehran’s police chief Hossein Rahimi said that officers did not fire on protesters, adding that police have been under orders to show restraint.

injured people were carried away while pools of blood could be seen on the floor © press
Injured people were carried away while pools of blood could be seen on the floor

Rahimi said: "At protests, police absolutely did not shoot because the capital’s police officers have been given orders to show restraint."

The incident took place near Azadi, or Freedom, Square in Tehran on Sunday night after a call to protest there.

International rights groups have called on Iran to allow people to protest peacefully as allowed by the country’s constitution.

Hadi Ghaemi, the executive director of the New York-based Center for Human Rights in Iran, said: "After successive national traumas in a short time period, people should be allowed to safely grieve and demand accountability.

"Iranians shouldn’t have to risk their lives to exercise their constitutional right to peaceful assembly."

The videos were sent to the center and later verified by The Associated Press, with one showing a crowd of demonstrators fleeing as a tear gas canister landed among them.

People cough and sputter while trying to escape the fumes, with one woman calling out in Farsi: "They fired tear gas at people! Azadi Square.

"Death to the dictator!"

Another video shows a woman being carried away in the aftermath as a blood trail can be seen on the ground.

Those around her cry out that she has been shot by live ammunition in the leg.

Photos and video after the incident show pools of blood on the pavement.

Protestors scream "down with the dictator" on the streets of Iran

Riot police in black uniforms and helmets gathered earlier Sunday in Vali-e Asr Square, at Tehran University and other landmarks.

Revolutionary Guard members patrolled the city on motorbikes, and plainclothes security men were also out in force.

The crash of the Ukraine International Airline early on Wednesday killed all 176 people on board, mostly Iranians and Canadians with four Brits among the victims.

After pointing to a technical failure and insisting for three days that the Iranian armed forces were not to blame, authorities on Saturday admitted accidentally shooting it down in the face of mounting evidence and accusations by Western leaders.

Iran downed the flight as it braced for possible American retaliation after firing ballistic missiles at two bases in Iraq housing US forces earlier on Wednesday.

The missile attack, which caused no casualties, was a response to the killing of General Qasem Soleimani, Iran’s top terror chief, in a US airstrike in Baghdad.

the people of iran are rising up against the iranian regime and demanding a change in leadership © press
The people of Iran are rising up against the Iranian regime and demanding a change in leadership

Iranians have expressed anger over the downing of the plane and the misleading explanations from senior officials in the wake of the tragedy.

They are also mourning the dead, which included many young people who were studying abroad.

Zahra Razeghi, who lives in Tehran but was not taking part in demonstrations, said: "Even talking about it makes my heart beat faster and makes me sad.

"I feel ashamed when I think about their families.

"The denial and covering up the truth over the past three days greatly added to the suffering and pain of the families, and me."

President Donald Trump responded to the videos that emerged on Sunday, by tweeting: "DO NOT KILL YOUR PROTESTERS."

"The World is watching. More importantly, the USA is watching," he added.

Police briefly detained the British ambassador to Iran, Rob Macaire, this weekend after he went to a vigil for the plane crash victims without knowing it would turn into a protest.

Britain said its envoy was detained "without grounds or explanation" and in "flagrant violation of international law."

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