'Grieving nations' to discuss legal action against Iran over downed airliner

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The US is clearly hoping to take advantage of this for another round of escalatory rhetoric, warning Iran that they had better not silence the protesters, and suggesting that the demonstrations prove that Iranians want regime change.

"They fired tear gas at people", one woman said in the videos.

"Oh my God, she's bleeding nonstop", one person shouts. Other footage showed pools of blood near the woman.

"At protests, police absolutely did not shoot because the capital's police officers have been given orders to show restraint", Rahimi said.

Videos from these protests appear to show security forces using live ammunition against demonstrators, something that Iran's government has denied.

The barrage was in retaliation for the killing of Iran's top general, Qassem Soleimani, in a U.S. drone strike in Baghdad on January 3.

The Ukrainian plane was targeted a few hours after Iran's missile attack on two bases in Iraq and only after three days of global and domestic pressure the Revolutionary Guard accepted the responsibility for downing the plane.

"They killed our elites and replaced them with clerics", scores of protesters chanted at a Tehran university after the downing of the plane carrying 176 people, some them Iranian students. The statement was a reversal of earlier assertions from Iranian authorities that denied a missile was the cause and instead blamed mechanical failure. "Will be totally up to them but, no nuclear weapons and 'don't kill your protesters, '" he wrote, repeating his earlier tweets making similar calls to the Iranian authorities not to open fire.

Other videos from Fars showed demonstrators chanting: "We are children of war".

The aircraft was shot down accidentally by an Iranian missile moments after taking off from Tehran airport Wednesday; all 176 on board were killed, including 138 who were headed for Canada.

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The plane was shot down hours after Iran fired missiles into Iraq in retaliation over the USA drone strike that killed Qassem Soleimani, a top general in the Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

Sweden's Transport Agency announced on January 10 that it had temporarily halted Iran Air flights between Sweden and Iran after the deadly crash.

"This was a regime that's reeling from maximum pressure, they're reeling from their incompetence in this situation and the people of Iran are just fed up with it", he said, adding that regime change is not United States policy.

At a student protest to pay tribute to the crash victims on Saturday, Iranian authorities briefly detained Britain's ambassador, in what the British government called a violation of global law. She said she would "never again go back to television" and asked for forgiveness.

The majority of those on Flight PS752 were Iranians and Canadians, including dual nationals.

Officials and state media issued apologies for failing to report accurately on the crash. The missile attack, which caused no casualties, was a response to the killing of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, Iran's top general, in a US airstrike in Baghdad.

She said the investigators need to determine whether it was an accident or not through an investigation of the sequence of events.

Some Iranian artists, including famed director Masoud Kimiai, withdrew from an upcoming worldwide film festival.

He said that despite the qualification of Iran's national team for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after years of efforts, "there is no energy left in our sad and desperate souls to celebrate".