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Iran’s ‘unforgivable mistake’ has re-ignited anger toward the regime

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Report. Protesters took their anger to the streets of Tehran after 176 people died on a plane shot down by a soldier’s ‘human error.’ The crash has shifted the tone in Iran after the assassination of General Soleimani.

written by Farian Sabahi

Topic Middle East and North Africa

January 14, 2020

The shooting down of the Ukrainian Boeing 737-800, which had just taken off from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini airport on its way to Kiev, was a “human error.” While it would likely not have happened if President Trump hadn’t escalated hostilities by giving the order to kill General Soleimani, it’s also true that at a time of maximum tension, the leadership in Tehran should have closed the airspace over the Islamic Republic.

The protests that broke out Saturday in front of the gates of the Amir Kabir University in Tehran, with slogans chanted against Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and many demonstrators carrying images of Soleimani, shows that the sadness for the loss of so many young lives is fueling the anger of the Iranians over the lack of transparency of their leadership. The order to “clean up” the area where the plane crashed on Wednesday as soon as possible, and the four days during which both the Ayatollahs and the Pasdaran denied the plane had been shot down by a missile, have seriously damaged Iran’s........

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