Published: Tue, January 14, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Videos show protesters in Iran were shot with live ammunition

Videos show protesters in Iran were shot with live ammunition

Tensions in the region have been heightened since a US airstrike killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

He told the MPs that after Iran's retaliatory attack on the U.S. Ain al-Assad airbase in Iraq's Anbar Province, multilayered projections were made in case the Americans embarked on reprisals so that the IRGC could make necessary plans and predictions.

"Over the last few days, since the incident with the Ukrainian plane, more and more Israelis are beginning to ask questions about the flight route", Meital Lahat, vice president of marketing at flight price comparison website Travelist, told the Kan public broadcaster.

The videos, which were posted by the New York-based Center for Human Rights in Iran on Sunday, could not be immediately verified. Azadi Square. Death to the dictator!

Footage showed blood on the ground, wounded being carried and people who seemed to be security personnel running with rifles. Those around her cry out that she has been shot in the leg. Another shouts: "Bandage it!"

Photos and videos after the incident show pools of blood on the sidewalk.

"At protests, police absolutely did not shoot because the capital's police officers have been given orders to show restraint", Rahimi said.

Fars, which is close to the Revolutionary Guard, carried videos purportedly shot Sunday night showing demonstrators chanting: "We are children of war".

Donald Trump's defence secretary rolling back an earlier admission that there was no hard evidence that Qassem Suleimani was about to target the U-S embassy in Baghdad when the Quds force commander was killed.

Riot police in black uniforms and helmets gathered earlier Sunday in Vali-e Asr Square, at Tehran University and other landmarks.

The scenes recall the anti-government protests across Iran in November which saw at least 300 people killed and thousands arrested across the country, according to Amnesty International.

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Protests videos and reports of the Iranian regime firing at the protesters were also reported by MEK Iran, an Albania-based organization that works for an Iran free from "oppression and Dictatorship".

Another person, who only identified himself as Saeed, said that the largely state-owned Iranian media hid the cause of the crash for "political reasons". Iran initially denied downing the plane, but Iran's Revolutionary Guard took responsibility for what authorities now describe as a "disastrous mistake".

Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne tweeted Monday afternoon that Iran has approved all the needed visas for Canadian consular officials who are helping grieving families in Iran.

A late Saturday candlelight ceremony in Tehran became a protest. Other chants included "They are lying that our enemy is America, our enemy is right here".

"The arrest of our Ambassador in Tehran without grounds or explanation is a flagrant violation of worldwide law", the British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said in a statement. Britain, in turn, summoned Iran's ambassador on Monday "to convey our strong objections" over the weekend arrest. He said he was detained for half an hour on 11 January after attending a protest in Tehran.

President Trump tweeted his support for the protesters in both English and Farsi, saying: "To the leaders of Iran - DO NOT KILL YOUR PROTESTERS".

"The point is that we did not lie", Rabiei said.

Iran has repeatedly said it will not negotiate as long as USA sanctions are in place.

Demonstrations were also held in the capital on Sunday night, according to unverified videos shared online, but it was hard to assess how many people attended.

Iranians expressed shock and anger over the plane crash.

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