Civilian plane crash sends Iran into chaos as the truth comes out. John Iadarola and Negar Mortazavi break it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDamageReportTYT/
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"Student protests erupted in Tehran shortly after General Amirali Hajizadeh, commander of the Revolutionary Guards’ aerospace division, publicly acknowledged on January 11 that Iranian air defence forces "unintentionally" shot down the Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752.
The Boeing 737-800 passenger plane, bound for Kyiv, crashed minutes after take-off from the Imam Khomeini International Airport in Tehran on January 8, killing all 176 people, mostly Iranian nationals, on board.
The crash happened hours after Iran launched more than a dozen missile strikes on two US military bases in Iraq in retaliation for the United States killing the most prominent Iranian military general, Qassem Soleimani, on January 3.
A collective sense of unity and solidarity that the assassination of Soleimani by an adversarial foreign power temporarily created across Iran soon gave way to aggravated public resentment and fury at the incompetence and mendacity of a ruling system that falsely insisted on "technical flaws", persistently prevaricated over the truth behind the Ukrainian plane crash, and kept it hidden from the people for three days.
"Many wonder if Tehran would have still come clean about the real cause of the plane crash had it not been for the pressure brought to bear on Iranian authorities by foreign governments such as Ukraine and Canada who lost citizens in the tragedy," Mitra Jafari, a student activist leader at Allameh Tabatabayi University in Tehran, told Al Jazeera."
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