[ti:Protests, Anger in Iran Over Airplane's Downing] [by:www.51星和彩票.com] [00:00.00]更多听力请访问51VOA.COM [00:00.04]Mass street protests continue in Iran over the accidental shootdown of a Ukrainian passenger airplane. [00:11.80]Iranians expressed shock and anger over the plane crash. [00:18.12]They also denounced the misleading statements from Iranian leaders. [00:24.64]Officials only admitted responsibility after growing evidence from Western nations. [00:33.16]The country began last week mourning the death of General Qassem Soleimani. [00:40.36]He was killed in a U.S. drone strike on January 2 in Iraq. [00:47.00]On January 8, Iran answered with a missile attack on two bases housing U.S. troops in Iraq. [00:56.40]There were no reported deaths from those attacks. [01:00.72]Hours later, as the country prepared for a possible U.S. counterattack, [01:08.08]Iranian forces accidentally shot down Ukrainian International Airlines Flight 752, [01:17.48]killing all 176 people on board. [01:22.92]The plane was on its way to Kyiv, Ukraine. [01:27.28]It had just taken off from Tehran's main airport. [01:33.32]Most of those who died were Iranians or Iranian-Canadians. [01:39.48]Iranian officials first blamed technical failure for the crash. [01:46.60]They denounced Canadian and U.S. officials who said evidence [01:52.20]pointed to the accidental downing of the plane by an Iranian missile. [01:59.00]Three days later, Iran's Revolutionary Guard admitted to shooting down the plane by mistake. [02:06.28]Soon after, a memorial for the victims at a university in Iran [02:12.80]quickly turned into an anti-government demonstration. [02:17.84]For a growing number of Iranians, the events showed a government [02:22.48]unable to follow through on its threatening language. [02:27.12]It also showed a government willing to mislead its own people [02:32.00]about a national tragedy in order to avoid embarrassment. [02:37.92]"They are lying that our enemy is America! Our enemy is right here," students at the protest shouted. [02:47.48]On Sunday night, protesters gathered in Tehran's Azadi Square, or Freedom Square. [02:55.04]Videos sent to the New York-based Center for Human Rights in Iran [03:00.80]and later confirmed as real by The Associated Press show a crowd of demonstrators near Azadi Square. [03:09.20]They are seen fleeing as a tear gas container lands among them. [03:15.52]As they try to escape the fumes, one woman calls out in Farsi, [03:20.40]"They fired tear gas at people! Azadi Square! Death to the dictator!" [03:26.92]Another video shows a female protester being carried away following violence. [03:33.64]Drops of blood can be seen on the ground. Those around her cry out that she has been shot in the leg. [03:42.60]Tehran's police chief, General Hossein Rahimi, later denied that his officers opened fire. [03:50.60]The Fars news agency reported that police had "shot tear gas in some areas." [03:58.84]Fars, which is close to the Revolutionary Guard, aired videos apparently filmed Sunday night [04:05.68]showing demonstrators shouting: "We are children of war. Fight with us, we will fight back." [04:13.40]Another Fars video showed demonstrators in Tehran tearing down a poster of Soleimani. [04:21.88]U.S. President Donald Trump has openly supported the demonstrators. [04:27.60]He tweeted messages in the Farsi language and warned the government not to fire on them. [04:35.36]But earlier, larger waves of protests in the country have been crushed by security forces. [04:42.92]Amnesty International says more than 300 people were killed in November [04:48.80]during days of protests against an increase in gasoline prices. [04:55.00]Ali Rabiei, a government spokesman, said Iran's civilian officials learned only on Friday [05:02.60]that the Revolutionary Guard had shot down the plane. [05:06.32]"The point is that we did not lie," Rabiei said. [05:12.20]He also blamed the U.S. for "spreading the shadow of war over Iran." [05:19.24]Ebrahim Raisi, the head of Iran's judiciary, issued a warning to protesters. [05:26.32]He said "the agents of America and agents of foreign countries" [05:31.92]want to use anger over Flight 752 to "compromise" Iran's security. [05:40.20]In addition to the street protests, Iran's government has also faced strong criticism [05:46.72]from well-known artists, sports stars and reporters. [05:51.32]A number of artists, including famed director Masoud Kimiai, [05:57.28]withdrew from an upcoming international film festival. [06:02.24]Two state television hosts resigned in protest over the false reporting about what happened to Flight 752. [06:12.72]Taraneh Alidoosti, one of Iran's most famous actresses, [06:18.04]published a picture of a black square on Instagram. [06:22.00]She wrote: "We are not citizens. We are hostages. Millions of hostages." [06:28.88]I'm Ashley Thompson. [06:30.92]更多听力请访问51VOA.COM