Iran warns protesters while dealing with air crash disturbances

TEHERAN: Iranian authorities warned protesters not to hold more anti-government demonstrations, as a video seemed to show security forces using tear gas to contain protests over the weekend.

Demonstrations broke out after the Iranian army said on Saturday it unintentionally shot down a Ukrainian passenger plane last week, killing all 176 people on board, after denying for days it was responsible. The protesters denounced what they called lies and incompetence on the part of the leaders of the country.

Tehran Metropolitan Police Chief,

Hossein Rahimi,

On Monday he warned the “abusers of the situation” that the country’s security forces would jealously defend the security of the Iranian people.

The video shared by the US-based Human Rights Center. UU. In Iran and verified by the Associated Press it seemed to show gunshot wounds and tear gas in use against protesters. But Mr. Rahimi denied that his forces had opened fire to quell the protests over the weekend, saying they had acted in moderation, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.

A vigil planned by the families of the victims of the plane crash at Sharif University in Tehran, where 15 of those who died in the accident studied, was canceled on Monday due to safety concerns, according to a notice on the university’s website .

While the latest protests have remained small, Tehran faces a fuel mix of political and economic complaints as it prepares for more demonstrations.

Protests broke out across the country in November against austerity measures that raised fuel prices, aimed at propping up government finances during a deep economic crisis, exacerbated by U.S. sanctions. Authorities responded strongly, killing hundreds of people, say human rights groups and reformist media based in Iran.

Iranian leaders, faced with international and national outrage, have tried to blame the initial misinformation on the accident.

President

Hassan Rouhani

On Monday, the government blamed the military for misinforming the Iranian people, saying it had only received the results of the investigation on Friday night, more than two days after the plane crashed.

752 flight route

IMAM KHOMEINI

INTERNATIONAL

AIRPORT

Airplane takes off

6:12 a.m.

Taxis

to the track

6:08 a.m.

Iranian officials said the plane began to return to the airport due to a technical failure.

Scope of the SA-15

missile (12 km)

Note: all schedules are local. The flight path is unknown after the last signal.

Sources: Flightradar24 (flight route); Google Image)

Renée Rigdon and Todd Lindeman / The Wall Street Journal

IMAM KHOMEINI

INTERNATIONAL

AIRPORT

Airplane takes off

6:12 a.m.

Taxis

to the track

6:08 a.m.

Iranian officials said the plane began to return to the airport due to a technical failure.

Scope of the SA-15

missile (12 km)

Note: all schedules are local. The flight path is unknown after the last signal.

Sources: Flightradar24 (flight route); Google Image)

Renée Rigdon and Todd Lindeman / The Wall Street Journal

IMAM KHOMEINI

INTERNATIONAL

AIRPORT

Airplane takes off

6:12 a.m.

Taxis

to the track

6:08 a.m.

Iranian officials said the plane began to return to the airport due to a technical failure.

Scope of the SA-15

missile (12 km)

Note: all schedules are local. The flight path is unknown after the last signal.

Sources: Flightradar24 (flight route); Google Image)

Renée Rigdon and Todd Lindeman / The Wall Street Journal

IMAM KHOMEINI

INTERNATIONAL

AIRPORT

Airplane takes off

6:12 a.m.

Taxis

to the track

6:08 a.m.

Iranian officials said the plane began to return to the airport due to a technical failure.

Scope of the SA-15

missile (12 km)

Note: all schedules are local. The flight path is unknown after the last signal.

Sources: Flightradar24 (flight route); Google Image)

Renée Rigdon and Todd Lindeman / The Wall Street Journal

Scope of the SA-15

missile (12 km)

IMAM KHOMEINI

INTERNATIONAL

AIRPORT

Airplane takes off

6:12 a.m.

Taxis

to the track

6:08 a.m.

Iranian officials said the plane began to return to the airport due to a technical failure.

Note: all schedules are local. The flight path is unknown after the last signal.

Sources: Flightradar24 (flight route); Google Image)

Renée Rigdon and Todd Lindeman / The Wall Street Journal

“We don’t lie. Lying is consciously and intentionally pretending something to hide the truth,” the government spokesman said.

Ali Rabiei

It was cited by the state news agency IRNA. Any comment from the government was made, he said, based on “the information that was assumed to be reliable at this time.”

After receiving the information on Friday night, the president called a meeting at the Supreme National Security Council, Rabiei said. That meeting led to the admission of responsibility on Saturday.

Iranian police officers took a stand while protesters gathered in front of Amir Kabir University in Tehran on Saturday to remember the victims of a Ukrainian plane shot down by an Iranian missile.

Photo:

Associated Press

“The reality is that the government itself was caught in the faulty circle of announcing information and gathering information,” Rabiei said.

The army has said that it did not deceive the population or the world after the accident, but it took three days to discover what happened. The commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, major general.

Hossein Salami,

He said that if he had not suggested that the cause of the accident was a missile attack, no one would have known.

However, Ukrainian officials have said that Iran’s admission only came after Ukrainian investigators found evidence that forced Tehran to admit that it accidentally shot down the plane.

The commander responsible for the missile arsenal of the Revolutionary Guard, Brig. Gen.

Amir Ali Hajizadeh,

He said over the weekend that the operator that fired the missile confused the Boeing 737-800 with an incoming cruise missile. At that time, Iran’s air defenses were on high alert for a US attack, hours after Iran attacked bases in Iraq that harbored US forces.

Protesters take a wounded woman to the edge of the sidewalk near Azadi Square, in Tehran, in an image captured from the video.

Photo:

UGC / Associated Press

The head of the Canadian transport security agency said on Monday that Iranian authorities offered to give their investigators access to the wreckage of the Ukraine International Airlines flight and the data from the plane’s black box.

Kathy Fox,

who chairs the Transportation Safety Board, said the level of access goes beyond Iran’s legal obligations, since the plane was not designed or manufactured in Canada and the operator is not based in Canada.

Canadian authorities have said that 57 of the 176 people on the flight were Canadians.

Fox said two Canadian researchers were heading to Iran on Monday and were expected to meet with their Iranian counterparts on Tuesday. Two more investigators will be deployed to participate in the download and analysis of voice recorders and flight data from the cabin.

She said the voice and flight recorders are still in Iran and damaged, but said she could not assess the extent of that damage.

The protests this weekend represent a sharp jump from the mass demonstration of the national unit a week ago, when hundreds of thousands of Iranians gathered in funeral processions for the Major General.

Qassem Soleimani,

the country’s most prominent military commander, who died in an attack with US drones in Baghdad.

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While working to keep national protesters in line, Iran has tried to prevent international tensions, particularly with the US. UU., Get out of control. This weekend, Iranian officials met with several regional power brokers who in the past have acted as intermediaries with Washington.

Mr. Rouhani met Sunday with the visiting emir of Qatar,

Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani

and Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah

Mehmood Qureshi

Meanwhile, the Iranian Foreign Minister

Javad Zarif

visited the new ruler of Oman,

Haitham bin Tariq

al-said

“This visit comes at a critical time in the region,” Thani said at a press conference in Tehran after meeting Mr. Rouhani. “The only solution to these crises is the reduction of all and dialogue.”

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