Iranian protesters demand Ayatollah Khamenei resignation. A coalition of Iranian demonstrators called on Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to step down on Saturday after Tehran said its military had wrongly shot down a Ukrainian plane and killed all 176 people on board.
“Commander-in-Khamenei resign, resign,” videos posted on Twitter showed hundreds of people singing in front of Amir Kabir University in Tehran.
This is the first demonstration since IRGC Quds Force Commander Qasem Soleimani was assassinated. Hundreds of people were killed in demonstrations in several cities throughout the Islamic Republic last November.
Demonstrators in Western Iran and the capital of the republic were seen chanting “Death to Khamenei!” in videos circulated on social media in November, Iranian authorities shut down the internet across the country, banning communications in preparation for anticipated protests.
Saudi news agency Al Arabia announced the demonstrators across the kingdom were confronted by the security forces of the country. Videos showing the demonstrators ‘ powers firing tear gas appeared.
Social media users also reported Armed Forces presence. In December an attempt to renew protests was shut down with no known casualties.
The Iranian authorities ‘ concealment of the Ukrainian jet downing raised questions among the people of the country, leading to a revival of the demonstrations.
“They were so careful not to kill any American in their revenge for Soleimani. But did they not close the airport? This shows how much this regime cares for Iranians,” Iranian citizen Mira Sedaghati said after the Iranian military admitted shooting down the jet mistakenly.
“It’s not human error, it’s a crime against humanity,” Persian Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi said on Saturday in exile. “He who irresponsibly empowered his thugs to bear full responsibility for the fire of innocents at will. #Enough is enough. Khamenei and his regime must go away.”
Pahlavi, a self-described advocate for human rights and secular democracy, said in an earlier tweet that “unfortunately, death has engulfed our country. Death has cheapened a government that can’t handle a funeral,” he said Thursday. “Our mission is to combat the normalization of death.”
The Ukrainian prosecutor general’s office said on Saturday it was investigating possible deliberate killing and destruction of aircraft in its crash investigation. News reports on Iranian protesters demand Ayatollah Khamenei resignation.