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Iranians Commemorated the Victims of the PS752 – Day 115 of Revolution

Freedom-loving Iranians and supporters of the Resistance commemorated the third anniversary of the death of 176 passengers of the PS752, downed by Iran's regime.
Freedom-loving Iranians and supporters of the Resistance commemorated the third anniversary of the death of 176 passengers of the PS752, downed by Iran's regime.

Today Iran’s people continued their nationwide protests to mark the third anniversary of the downing of a Ukrainian passenger plane (PS752) by the regime’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC). In various cities, protests took place in several locations.

Judicial authorities in Canada and Ukraine, government officials and human rights organizations, and the family members of the victims consider this crime as an ‘intentional shooting’ and ‘human shield’ and not what the regime constantly claimed: a ‘human error’.

This was an action ordered by the regime’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei, to prevent any counterattack of the US army while striking the Ayn Al Asad Airbase in Iraq with missiles where the US army soldiers are based. The regime decided to respond and take revenge after the killing of its former Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani by the US army who was considered the second most important person in the regime.

The regime’s air defenses shot down the Ukrainian Boeing shortly after takeoff from Tehran on January 8, 2020. All 176 passengers were killed including 29 children. The victims came primarily from Ukraine and Iran, as well as from Canada, Afghanistan, Great Britain, and Sweden.

The regime hid the truth for three days and declared a technical fault as the cause of the downing of the plane. The IRGC also cleared the plane crash location and did not hand over the belongings left by the victims to their families.

Finally, under international pressure and after 3 days of speculation and conflicting news, on January 11, 2020, the regime’s General Staff of the Armed Forces issued a statement that ‘the targeting of this passenger plane was a human error’.

Many Canadian officials and family members of the victims have rejected the regime’s investigation, blamed the regime’s officials for this crime, and declared them the main culprits in this case.

Mohsen Asadi Lari, the father of Mohammad Hossein and Zainab Lari, father of the victims of the PS752 and a former Director General of International Affairs of the regime’s Ministry of Health, in an interview with the state-run daily Ensaf News on January 8, 2022, said:

“I am not a judge. But we really concluded that they hit the plane as human shields; To be very frank, because it is now clear and we have said it many times, maybe they wanted to attack and blame the US government. Moreover, they had already done this in similar actions.”

Aligned with the nationwide uprising of the Iranian people, on 16 and 17 December, and on the third anniversary of this horrific crime, the supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) and the Resistance held rallies in the cities of Stockholm, Hamburg, The Hague, Washington, Cologne, Oslo, Toronto, Berlin, Gothenburg, and Vienna, Paris, Rome, London, Vancouver, Heidelberg, and Sydney.

January 8 marked the 115th day of anti-regime protests in Iran. The demonstrations began following the heinous murder of Mahsa Amini, 22, in police custody. However, it immediately turned into a revolution against the entire theocratic regime.

According to the Iranian opposition Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK/PMOI), the protests have extended to 282 cities. The regime has killed over 750 citizens, injured tens of thousands, and detained more than 30,000. The MEK has published the names of 627killed protesters.

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In her latest message on January 8, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the National Council Resistance of Iran (NCRI) said: “Commemorating the 176 innocent souls who lost their lives in the tragic downing of a Ukrainian airliner by Khamenei’s ruthless IRGC in January 2020. I salute the people of Iran who rose up and expressed their fury over this heinous crime.”

Key Developments:

Inside Iran merchants and shopkeepers in the cities of Sanandaj, Saqqez, Bukan, Kermanshah, and Abdanan went on strike. They commemorated the third anniversary of the PS752’s downing. In Najafabad, Isfahan Province people took to the streets protesting the regime while chanting: “For each person killed another thousand will rise.”

In Karaj, brave women protested the regime while chanting: “So many years of crimes, death to this regime.” In Tehran, Ahvaz and Tabriz students held memorial ceremonies for the victims of the PS752 flight. In Bandar-e Anzali, Gilan Province protests were held by the people. They chanted: “For each person killed another thousand will rise.”

At daybreak, defiant youths torched a placard of Qasem Soleimani in Ahvaz. And yesterday youths attacked a regime’s Basij base in Qom.