Videos show protesters in Iran were shot with live ammunition
Protesters in Tehran were fired upon while demonstrating against the shootdown of a civilian airliner, resulting in casualties inflicted upon Iranians by their own security forces.
Video from the incident -which was verified by the Associated Press- shows people being carried away after being shot with live ammunition and other demonstrators fleeing as tear gas is fired into the crowd.
“Oh, my God, she’s bleeding nonstop!” one person shouted.
The protests were sparked by the Islamic Republic’s initial denial that it shot down a Ukrainian passenger plane by mistake, prompting public outrage to turn into public unrest.
“They fired tear gas at people,” one woman said in the videos. “Azadi Square. Death to the dictator!”
Tehran’s police chief, Gen. Hossein Rahimi, denied that any shots were fired by his forces.
“Police treated people who had gathered with patience and tolerance,” Iranian media quoted Rahimi as saying. “Police did not shoot in the gatherings since broad-mindedness and restraint has been agenda of the police forces of the capital.”
According to the Los Angeles Times, the riot police are infamous for heavy-handed tactics and previously killed an estimated 300 people during a protest earlier this year.
As for the Iranian people, they appear poised to resist if need be.
“We are children of war,” they chanted in droves during the protest. “Fight with us, we will fight back.”
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