In the wake of the U.S. airstrike that killed top Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, many in the liberal media insisted that President Donald Trump had committed a cruel act of terror against the Islamic Republic. But it seems the people of Iran aren’t as pleased with their own leaders as the American left would like to believe.
According to a report from the Washington Examiner, protesters in Iran have taken the streets with calls for the country’s supreme leader to resign — or even face death — after Tehran’s retaliation for Soleimani’s killing left 167 civilians dead, including 82 Iranians.
Iranians take to the streets
In video shared to social media on Saturday, Iranian demonstrators could be heard chanting: “Death to the dictator,” the Examiner reported.
Others protesting in Tehran insisted: “Commander in chief, resign, resign.”
Take a look for yourself:
People in #Iran have just begun the protest against de regime.
Students of Amirkabir university in Tehran chant slogans against the supreme leader!#IranProtests#IranPlaneCrash pic.twitter.com/rzr7w6Oaju
— Alireza Azami (@Alireza__Azami) January 11, 2020
The chants were largely aimed at Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and came just days after the Iranian regime apologized for a missile strike that it said accidentally “caused the horrific crash of the Ukrainian plane.”
“Investigations continue to identify [and] prosecute this great tragedy [and] unforgivable mistake,” Iran President Hassan Rouhani wrote in a post to Twitter on Friday.
In addition to the 82 Iranians aboard the aircraft, 63 Canadians, 11 Ukrainians — including the aircraft’s crew — as well as 10 Swedes, four Afghans, three Germans, and three Brits all died in the crash, according to TIME magazine. There were no survivors.
— Farnaz Fassihi (@farnazfassihi) January 11, 2020
These clips of protests in the Islamic Republic, first shared by the Examiner, make it clear that Iran is far from a monolithic country full of supporters of its harsh regime.
Sadly, in its attempt to bash Trump, the U.S. media has ignored the feelings of everyday Iranians, who don’t appreciate their government lying to them — or wasting money on military adventurism.