Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 protests information
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Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 protests
Part of spillover clashes of 2019–2020 Iranian protests and Iranian Democracy Movement
Protests at Tehran's Amir Kabir University, 11 January 2020
11 January 2020 – 16 January 2020
Dozens of cities
Shoot down of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 and its subsequent denial by the Iranian Government
Opposition to Ali Khamenei and the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps
Opposition to the legacy of Qassem Soleimani
Opposition to the Islamic Republic government
Opposition to Anti-Zionism
Disagreeing with the principle of Velayat-e Faqih
boycott government programs and organizations from Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting
Protests suppressed by government
Continued growth of dissent amongst Iranians, leading to the growth of the Iranian Democracy Movement
Parties to the civil conflict
Anti-government protesters Families of the victims Students and academics
Islamic Republic of Iran
Commander in Chief Special Brigade Revolutionary Guards Militants Basij Ministry of Intelligence Intelligence Corps Ministry of Communication Ministry of Interior
No leadership structure, self-absorbed, student
Ali Khamenei Hassan Rouhani Hossein Salami Amir Ali Hajizadeh
Casualties and losses
Amount of killed and injured is unknown due to censorship of press
3 injured (unconfirmed)
The Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 protests were anti-government protests, forming part of the spillover clashes that took place in January 2020 resulting from the crackdown of the 2019 Iranian protests, which swept Iran in January 2020 after it was revealed that Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 was shot down by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps of Iran, on the 8th ofJanuary 2020.
The Boeing 737-800 operating the route was shot down shortly after takeoff from Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport; all 176 passengers and crew were killed. Initially, Iranian aviation authorities said that the plane crashed due to a technical error; however, after initially deferring to Iran's explanation, Ukrainian authorities then said a shoot-down of the flight was one of their main working theories. Investigation by western intelligence agencies later revealed the aircraft had been shot down by a Tor-M1 surface-to-air missile launched by Iran. Three days later, on 11 January, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said they had shot down the aircraft after mistaking it for a cruise missile. Soon after, vigils held in Iran intended to pay respect to the victims turned into protests, first at universities in Tehran and then across other Iranian cities. Protests began at the Amirkabir University of Technology, with Iranians chanting "death to the dictator" and calling for Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei to leave the country.
A government counter protest action painted Israeli and American flags on a planned protest march route, but protestors refused to walk on them. Pictures of Soleimani were torn down across Iran and protesters chanted, "Our enemy is right here; They lie to us [when they say] that it's America."
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