Despite the Iranian government’s brutal crackdown on protesters in recent months, throngs of Iranians showed up this weekend to march against the regime after the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps admitted it shot down the Ukrainian passenger jet, killing all 176 on board. The remarkably brave protesters chanted about how they have been lied to concerning who the true enemy is and students at Beheshti University in Tehran refused to walk on American and Israeli flags.
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According to The New York Times, the latest protests even included some “conservatives who ordinarily support the government.”
Despite the heavy security presence, large crowds turned out. In many places, they chanted caustic slogans. Some denounced the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, which is a capital offense in Iran.
“The supreme leader is a murderer; his regime is obsolete,” demonstrators chanted in Azadi Square in Tehran. ….
Family watching television, c. 1958. National Archives and Records Administration. Evert F. Baumgardner. Images of American Political History. Posting online by Dr. William J. Ball. All images are believed to be in the public domain.