Updated: Oct 12, 2020
By mid-January 2020, the Iranian military’s shooting down of a civilian aircraft by accident - and lying about it for approximately 2 days before the regime decided that it had no choice but to admit the accident – had rejuvenated opposition to the regime. By the 13th, Iranian riot police were using tear gas to disperse thousands of protestors in Tehran's Azadi Square. These protests began as vigils to mourn those who died in the crash, but quickly turned into call for Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to step down and to bring justice to those responsible. “Death to the dictator” was the most common chant heard in the protests and videos can now be seen of the demonstrators fleeing tear gas and the police arresting protestors.