by: Kate Norman
Tuesday, 14 January 2020 | Thousands of Iranians across the Islamic Republic erupted into protest when the regime admitted that it was responsible for shooting down the Ukrainian passenger plane last Wednesday by mistake. Each of the 176 passengers on board—most of them Iranian nationals and Canadians—were killed.
Though the regime is reportedly trying to shut down Internet access in order to quell the spread of the protests, videos have circulated over the past few days that show thousands of Iranians vilifying the corrupted leadership.
Most notable was a video of a university campus in Tehran in which hundreds of students are carefully edging around large US and Israeli flags on the ground designed for the students to trample over in contempt of the nations. The students refused to do so, however, purposefully avoiding treading over the symbols of the nations standing against their regime.
“Shame on you!” the protestors are filmed shouting at a handful of men who shrugged and sauntered over the flags.
The show of respect drew praise from US President Donald Trump.
“Wow! The wonderful Iranian protestors refused to step on, or in any way denigrate, our Great American Flag,” the president posted on Twitter. “It was put on the street in order for them to trample it, and the walked around it instead. Big progress!”
The director of UN Watch, a nongovernmental watchdog group, also praised their bravery in standing up to the regime.
“These courageous Iranian students who refuse to trample the U.S. & Israeli flags represent the hope for a better Middle East,” UN Watch director Hillel Neuer wrote on Twitter. “Promote them instead of their oppressors, and maybe Iran-backed wars & terror across the region will end.”
This wasn’t the only blatantly anti-regime act to be filmed and spread over social media. Dozens more videos of crowds chanting phrases such as, “We don’t want an Islamic regime,” “They are lying that our enemy is America, our enemy is right here” and “Soleimani [Iranian general killed in a US strike] was a murderer, his leader is also a murderer!”
Neuer described the protesters as the “bravest people in the world,” considering the high price they pay for daring to stand against the brutal repression of their government: live bullets, tear gas, beatings and other methods to silence the dissent.
Another video showed two women who had been shot in a crowd of protestors being dragged to safety through their own pools of blood.
This shows another side of the Iranian people, completely opposite to the image of thousands mourning and weeping over the remains of the top Iranian general who was killed in a US strike earlier this month as his body was paraded through the streets of Iran. More images from the protests show people ripping down posters bearing his face and stomping on posters of the Iranian supreme leader.
“There are two Irans. The regime and the people. Don’t confuse them,” wrote Dalton Thomas, the founder of an aid group operating across the region.
Posted on January 14, 2020
Source: (Bridges for Peace, January 14, 2020)
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