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Protests Erupt After Iran Admits Guilt

And Ukraine is demanding a full apology over downed passenger plane that killed 176 people
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 11, 2020 3:00 PM CST
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People gather for a candlelight vigil to remember the victims of the Ukraine plane crash, at the gate of Amri Kabir University that some of the victims of the crash were former students of, in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020.   (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

(Newser) – Iran's admission that it "unintentionally" shot down a passenger jet this week, killing all 176 on board, hasn't exactly eased tensions. Thousands of angry protesters hit the streets in Iran on Saturday and faced tear gas from riot police, the New York Times reports. Videos show some protesters calling for Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's head: "Khamenei is a murderer!" they shouted. "Death to liars! Death to the dictator! You have no shame!" Some social media posts even showed torn pictures of Gen. Qassim Soleimani, whose killing by the US sparked the Iranian missile strike that caused the downing of the Ukrainian jetliner. For more:

  • Full admission: Ukraine is demanding a full apology and payment for the passenger plane, the Washington Examiner reports. "Iran has pleaded guilty to downing the Ukrainian plane," said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. "But we insist on a full admission of guilt." Ukraine also accuses Iran of recklessly allowing commercial flights during the crisis and violating procedure by bulldozing debris from the crash.

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