Following revelations that Flight 752 was brought down by an Iranian missile, protests against the Ayatollah Khamenei and the Iranian regime broke out this evening, 11 January 2020, in Tehran and cities across Iran.

The protests follow months-long demonstrations against the regime in late 2019 in which as many as 2000 Iranians may have lost their lives.

The most prominent of the protests was held at Tehran Polytechnic University following a vigil for students of the university killed in the downing of flight 752.

The largest protests appear to have been held at Tehran Polytechnic University widely regarded as the premier engineering university in the country. These met with a robust response from riot police with reports that police locked gates to stop people leaving the area.

After kettling the students, the riot police fired multiple rounds of tear gas at the protesters.

In response, tens of thousands of protesters came walking towards the Tehran Polytechnic and Sharif universities to back up the embattled students.

Iran’s second largest city, Mashhad also saw night-time protests with snow falling.

Protests were also reported in Isfahan, a city of two million people in Central Iran, making it the third largest city in the world. The crowds here were chanting “Do not call us seditionists, you oppressors are the sedition”, according to the tweet below.

A protest march was also held in Rasht, the largest city in Iran’s Caspian Sea coast.

Meanwhile, drivers in Sabzevar and Tehran created traffic jams in order to protest against the regime.

Concurrently, the California Society for Democracy in Iran (CSDI), a social network of Iranian-Americans who advocate for democratic change in Iran, is holding an event called, Stand with the Iranian People Uprising.

In separate news, it was announced my the Iranian authorities that the British Ambassador to Iran, Rob Macaire had been briefly detained by the Iranian authorites.

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