Victims' families of downed airliner protest outside a courtroom in Iran. November 28, 2021

Victims' families of downed airliner protest outside a courtroom in Iran. November 28, 2021

Victims' Families Of Airliner Shot Down By IRGC Protest In Tehran

11/28/2021

Victims’ families of an airliner downed by Iran in 2020 protested Sunday rejecting a trial of junior officers and demanding top officials to be held to account.

Holding pictures of their loved ones who died in the incident calling the trial a sham and “illegal”, demanding the prosecution of those in command and not low-ranking officers.

The protesters also chanted slogans against the Revolutionary Guard and Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, while surrounded by a heavy presence of security forces.

Some of the victims’ families say that the downing of a Ukrainian flight from Tehran to Kiev after takeoff by two IRGC missiles was a premeditated act amid military tensions with the United States.

The plane with 176 passengers and crew was targeted on January 8, 2020, hours after Iran fired ballistic missiles at US bases in Iraq and was on alert for a possible retaliation. But authorities did not close the civilian airspace and tried to deny they had shot down the passenger plane.

Victims' families and critics say those on trial are not responsible for decisions taken at a higher level on the night of the incident. They say Amir-Ali Hajizadeh, the Revolutionary Guards aerospace commander was responsible because he did not “clear the airspace.”

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