Video: Protesters in Iran Refuse to Walk On U.S. and Israel Flag
Videos appeared on social media Sunday showing hundreds of Iranian protesters avoiding to walk on the U.S. and Israeli flags on the pavement at a Tehran university.
The handful that did walk across the flags got boos from the crowd, some shouting, “shame on you!”
Other protesters chanted, “Our enemy is in Iran, not America.”
Executive director of the human rights group UN Watch Hillel Neuer tweeted, “These courageous Iranian students who refuse to trample the U.S. & Israeli flags represent the hope for a better Middle East. Engage with and promote them instead of their oppressors, and maybe Iran-backed wars & terror across the region will end.”
Dear @EU_eeas @JosepBorrellF:— Hillel Neuer (@HillelNeuer) January 12, 2020
These courageous Iranian students who refuse to trample the U.S. & Israeli flags represent the hope for a better Middle East. Engage with and promote them instead of their oppressors, and maybe Iran-backed wars & terror across the region will end. https://t.co/osbjTbTnG2
Wow this is big..😍😍😍— 🇫🇷Amreen Nazanin Rajavi(Amy) (@Amreen__Rizvi) January 12, 2020
These Iranians know the real enemy is thier own corrupt mulla regime! Today the majority of students at Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran reportedly refused to step on Israel and the American flags..
Please share it with everyone#IranProtests pic.twitter.com/n6bRAS3wb2
Brave Iranians took to the streets of Tehran and other cities to protest against the regime after Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) admitted to shooting the Ukrainian plane by mistake. Security forces were seen shooting tear gas into the crowds in videos posted to social media.
The demonstrations are the first since the protests that started in mid-November 2019, where hundreds of young and working-class Iranians gathered on the streets to express opposition about increased fuel prices. Over 1,500 citizens were killed in the protests, according to Reuters. Those killed were found with “gunshots to the head, heart, neck, and other vital organs indicating that the security forces were shooting to kill” according to Amnesty International. The organization reported 7,000 were arrested including children, and “subjected to enforced disappearance, torture, and other ill-treatment.”