Iran protests mark 125th day, third anniversary of PS752 downing
Protesters marked the 125th day of widespread uprising in Iran, as well as the third anniversary of the downing of a Ukrainian passenger plane (PS752) by the regime’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC). Protests were held in a number of locations. Protests have spread to 282 cities, according to the Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI/MEK). Over 750 people have been killed by the regime, tens of thousands have been injured, and over 30,000 have been detained. The MEK has released the names of 627 protesters who were killed.
In Karaj, courageous women demonstrated against the regime, chanting, “So many years of crimes, death to this regime.” Students from Ahvaz and Tabriz held memorial services for the victims of the PS752 flight in Tehran. People demonstrated in Bandar-e Anzali, Gilan Province. “For every person killed, another thousand will rise,” they chanted. In Ahvaz, defiant youths set fire to a placard of Qasem Soleimani at dawn. In addition, youths attacked a regime’s Basij base in Qom yesterday.
For three days, the regime kept the truth hidden and blamed the plane’s downing on a technical flaw. The IRGC also cleared the plane crash site and did not return the victims’ belongings to their families.
Finally, on January 11, 2020, the regime’s General Staff of the Armed Forces issued a statement saying that “the targeting of this passenger plane was a human error” in response to international pressure and three days of speculation and conflicting news.
On the 16th and 17th of December, in solidarity with the Iranian people’s nationwide uprising, supporters of the MEK and the Resistance held rallies in Stockholm, Hamburg, The Hague, Washington, Cologne, Oslo, Toronto, Berlin, Gothenburg, Vienna, Paris, Rome, London, Vancouver, Heidelberg, and Sydney.