A video showed hundreds of Iranian students refusing to step on the American and Israeli flags during anti-government marches in Iran.

The footage captured on Sunday, Jan. 12, at Shaheed Beheshti University revealed people deliberately avoiding walking over the Stars and Stripes and David’s Star before berating angrily those who do.

Ali Khamenei’s government is said to have painted the flags on the main entrance of the university for students to walk over as a sign of disrespect.

Thousands of people had earlier gathered at Amirkabir University of Technology’s gate near the former U.S. Embassy in Tehran in a demonstration against Iran’s government and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei for mistakenly shooting down a civilian passenger aircraft.

“They are lying that our enemy is America, our enemy is right here,” a group of protesters outside a university in Tehran chanted, according to video clips posted on Twitter.

Iran has admitted that its forces “unintentionally” shot down a Ukrainian jetliner, killing all 176 people on board, after insisting that the deadly crash was caused by mechanical failure.

A state-run military statement said the plane was mistaken for a “hostile target” after heading to the Revolutionary Guard’s “sensitive military center.” The military was at its “highest level of readiness,” it said, amid heightened tensions with the United States.

“In such a condition, because of human error and in an unintentional way, the flight was hit,” the military said.

Riot police fired tear gas on Saturday at thousands of protesters in the capital where many had chanted “Death to the Dictator,” focusing their indignation against Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

“Apologize and resign,” Iran’s moderate Etemad daily wrote in a banner headline on Sunday, saying the “people’s demand” was for those responsible for mishandling the plane crisis to quit, Reuters reported.

Earlier, President Trump showed his support for the people of Iran on Saturday evening, saying “we are inspired by your courage” as thousands of angry demonstrators protested against the regime in the streets of Tehran.

“To the brave, long-suffering people of Iran: I’ve stood with you since the beginning of my Presidency, and my Administration will continue to stand with you. We are following your protests closely, and are inspired by your courage,” Trump tweeted.

“The government of Iran must allow human rights groups to monitor and report facts from the ground on the ongoing protests by the Iranian people. There can not be another massacre of peaceful protesters, nor an internet shutdown. The world is watching,” he added.


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