Iranians Protesters Call for Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei to Step Down After Ukrainian Jetliner Strike

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Protests in Iran are different in the wake of the Ukrainian jetliner strike.

They seem to be fueled by something more. A Reuters report noted the ragefueled by Iran’s initial denial of the accidental missile strike. Now, protestors direct their anger at Ali Khamenei, their Supreme leader. Moreover, the crowd began shouting, ‘Our enemy is here,’ even as they demanded that Khamenei step down.

It’s an interesting time for Iran, observes Samuel of Redemptive Stories, a ministry to the Middle East and North Africa. “I think that this is a new tipping point that might begin to push towards a new wave of revolution in that country.” As someone who lives and works in the Middle East, he considers himself a student of the culture.

Saving face

He believes the threat of war between the U.S. and Iran appeared to be nothing more than saber-rattling.  In the wake of a U.S. strike that took out Iran’s top military leader, Iran’s threats increased tensions significantly. As the U.S. responded by putting its military on high alert, Iran retaliated.  However, Samuel says, “The strikes that happened on U-S bases in Iraq smack of Iran just wanting to save face. They just wanted to return their honor after they were attacked.”

As the dust settled and everyone backed down from the war of words, Iran shot down a Ukrainian plane, killing all aboard. Although officials were forced to admit the incident was an accident, the people’s response went a different direction.

Instead of supporting the government, “The protests that are taking place right now are just a response to the shame that the people feel about what has happened to these international individuals that were shot down.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, 

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