Earlier today, U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted his support to students in Iran, warning the country’s leaders not to kill demonstrators who took to the streets. It was also reporterted yesterday that UK Ambassador to Iran was arrested for “inciting anti-government protest”, but has since been released.
خطاب به رهبران ايران: معترضان خود را نكشيد. هزاران تن تاكنون به دست شما كشته يا زنداني شده اند، و جهان نظاره گر است. مهمتر از ان، ايالات متحده نظاره گر است. اينترنت را دوباره وصل كنيد و به خبرنگاران اجازه دهيد ازادانه حركت كنند! كشتار مردم بزرگ ايران را متوقف كنيد! https://t.co/rzpx3Nfn03— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2020
The demonstrators began to gather hours after the government admitted the downing of the Ukrainian airliner. They held anti IRGC signs and they chanted “Death to the dictator” and “Down with this system that has killed so many people over the years”.
Demonstrators are calling for Supreme Leader Khamenei to resign and for those responsible for downing the plane to be prosecuted. And it seems like IRGC forces and Supreme leader do not like when they see demonstrators tearing down Soleimani posters.
It is now reported that gunshots can be heard in parts of Tehran as security forces confront protesters while some sources talk about 7 demonstrators being already killed by security forces. Videos showing harrowing scenes of bleeding protesters and shooting in the dark appeared online.
#فوری— 👁👁cheshm_abi (@chawshin_83) January 12, 2020
طبق گزارشات دریافت شده در تهران تاکنون ۷ معترض با شلیک مستقیم نیروهای امنیتی مجروح شده اند#IranProtests2020 pic.twitter.com/IGu7sEzBBX
One of the replies under the video above-To clarify to non farsi speakers: he said “we just saw seven people die” I don’t know if there is an equivalent word in English but he means that more people could have been shot but they only saw those seven.
In a newest tweet Trump tweets FOX news report on Iran
January 12, 2020
BREAKING:— Alireza Azami (@Alireza__Azami) January 12, 2020
The blood of protesters is flowing through the streets of Tehran
"I saw it myself that was shot at seven people"#IranProtests2020 pic.twitter.com/mYfOlayEKo
I can't say anything— Alireza Azami (@Alireza__Azami) January 12, 2020
This is the current situation in Tehran Freedom Square subway!#IranProtests2020 pic.twitter.com/ybJzRFrkXL
تهران ،قلعه حسن خان— چهار فصل (@FourCzen) January 12, 2020
The sound of shooting can be heard #IranProtests #Tehran pic.twitter.com/Chxim3OTvt
Peopel are carrying a protester who been shot by Islamic Republic mercenaries. #IranProtests2020 #IranProtestors #IranianProtesters #IranProtests #Tehran #Shiraz #Iran #IslamicRegimeMustGo #IraniansDetestSoleimani #Breaking @BBCWorld @cnni @CBSNews @itvnews @NBCNews @ABC @VOANews pic.twitter.com/YI9TkFX9Gj— عصیانگر. (@livi_kivi) January 12, 2020