Iran opened fire on the protesters in the streets as they shouted angrily “Death to Khameini,” the country’s ruling ayatollah.
Protesters then tore up and trampled posters with photos of their leaders, including the recently dead terrorist leader Gen. Qassem Soleimani.
A network user uploaded the video taken by a possible witness, who said he saw seven injured and thought there might have been more.
“The blood of the protesters is flowing in the streets of Tehran. He [who speaks in the video] says: “I saw it myself that was shot at seven people,” the Internet user wrote.
— Alireza Azami (@Alireza__Azami) January 12, 2020
The protests spread from Tehran, the country’s capital, to cities such as Shiraz, Isfahan, Hamedan, and Orumiyeh.
The protesters got even angrier when they discovered that the regime tried to cover-up that they downed the Ukrainian passenger plane killing all 176 on board.
Some analysts note the difficulties with which senior clerical, political and military leaders are trying to contain the consequences of what President Hassan Rouhani called a “disastrous mistake.”
President Trump is closely following developments in Iran and is adamant about not allowing nuclear weapons in that country and in calling for respect for the protesters.
“National Security Adviser suggested today that sanctions & protests have Iran ‘choked off,’ will force them to negotiate. Actually, I couldn’t care less if they negotiate. Will be totally up to them but, no nuclear weapons and ‘don’t kill your protesters,” Trump wrote in his tweet.
مشاور امنیت ملی امروز عنوان کرد كه تحریم ها و اعتراضات، ایران را«به شدت تحت فشار»قرار داده است و آنها را مجبور به مذاكره می كند.در واقع، اصلا برایم اهمیتی نداردکه آیا آنها مذاکره می کنند یا نه.این کاملاً به عهده ی خودشان است، اما سلاح هسته ای نداشته باشیدو«معترضان خود را نکشید.» https://t.co/DBGGs8QFcJ
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 13, 2020
Likewise, the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo referred to the social causes that encourage the demonstrators in Iran.
“The voice of the Iranian people is clear. They are fed up with the regime’s lies, corruption, ineptitude, and brutality of the IRGC under @khamenei_ir’s kleptocracy,” Pompeo wrote, attaching a video of the protests to his message.
“We stand with the Iranian people who deserve a better future,” Pompeo concluded.
The voice of the Iranian people is clear. They are fed up with the regime’s lies, corruption, ineptitude, and brutality of the IRGC under @khamenei_ir's kleptocracy. We stand with the Iranian people who deserve a better future. pic.twitter.com/tBOjv9XsIG
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) January 11, 2020
Likewise, exiled Iranians fighting to overthrow the Islamic Republic of Iran came out to march, in support of their country’s demonstrators, demanding regime change.
“A group of supporters of MKO [the Iranian exile organization that advocates overthrowing the Islamic Republic of Iran] held a protest in Cologne, Germany. The protesters chanted slogans calling for regime change in Iran,” said the DW tweet.
— DW فارسی (@dw_persian) January 11, 2020
The rapid and abrupt changes in Iran’s troubled society surprised analysts, with some questioning whether they will be enough to bring about the regime change the protesters are seeking.