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Iranians Protesting Against Clerical Regime

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13 Jan 2020
Iranians Protesting Against Clerical Regime
Protesters flooded the streets of Iranian cities over the weekend to express their disgust with the clerical regime which rules their country over its apparent efforts to cover up the accidental shootdown of a Ukrainian airliner during last weeks showdown with the US. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addressed a vigil for the 57 Canadian citizens killed in the incident, saying he would “not rest until there are answers," while other Western governments issued statements criticizing Teheran’s behavior. Iranian leaders issued their own statements apologizing for the loss of innocent life and trying to reassure foreign governments and domestic protesters that an investigation would take place, even as reports emerged of security forces using live ammunition on protesters.

"U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted on Sunday evening “To the leaders of Iran - DO NOT KILL YOUR PROTESTERS. Thousands have already been killed or imprisoned by you, and the World is watching. More importantly, the USA is watching. Turn your internet back on and let reporters roam free! Stop the killing of your great Iranian people!”

Meanwhile, signals emerged on Sunday that Iranian leaders were attempting to de-escalate tensions with the US, in part out of embarrassment over the shootdown and the protests, which have included the arrest of Rob Macaire, the British Ambassador to Iran, as he was attending a vigil for the slain airline passengers (including three UK citizens) at Amir Kabir University in Teheran.

The British Foreign Ministry called Macaire's detention "a flagrant violation of international law," adding "The Iranian government is at a crossroads moment. It can continue its march towards pariah status with all the political and economic isolation that entails or take steps to deescalate tensions and engage in a diplomatic path forwards.”

Here is a video showing some of the protests

In related news, a joint statement by the governments of the UK, France and Germany has urged the regime in Teheran to adhere to the 2015 JCPOA nuclear agreement even as the regime has incrementally abandoned several key elements of it over the last 18 months.



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