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Iranian authorities appear to have fired live ammunition to disperse protesters in Tehran, wounding several people, according to witness accounts provided to the Guardian and footage circulating on social media.
Our international correspondent Michael Safi has reported that security forces initially fired teargas to disperse the crowds and then started firing bullets. “It was a very bad situation,” the woman, who asked not to be identified, said in a message provided to Iranian activist Masih Alinejad.
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France and Russia have a shared desire to safeguard Iran’s nuclear deal, French President Emmanuel Macron has said. According to Reuters, Macron said in a statement he had a phone call on Sunday with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who said he remained committed to the deal.
Leaders of Britain, France and Germany on Sunday called on Iran to return to full compliance with a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers and refrain from further violence.
The crashing of the Ukrainian Airlines jet outside Tehran has drawn inevitable comparisons with MH17, brought down over the east of Ukraine by a Russian missile five years ago. The Guardian’s central and eastern Europe correspondent Shaun Walker reports on how – yet again – Ukraine has been dragged into a conflict not of its own making.
“Ukraine seems to have a dark cloud over it,” said Alina Polyakova of the Brookings Institution. “It’s fighting a war against Russia, and has become part of the political war in the US. This tragedy again puts Ukraine in the middle of conflicts that have nothing to do with it.”
While the plane’s shooting down had a terrible cost in human life, Ukraine’s unwanted starring role in the US impeachment disaster has come with costs to military aid, political alliances and reputation.
Related: Ukraine struggles with tragedy, global conflicts – and its reputation
You can read our latest story on the events in Iran from Guardian international correspondent, Michael Safi, here.
Related: Iran: protests and teargas as public anger grows over aircraft downing
The resurgent anti-government protests threaten to tip Iran’s regime into crisis just as it was riding a wave of nationalist sentiment after the killing of top general Qassem Suleimani by a US drone strike on 3 January.
Iran’s response – a carefully calibrated but heavily publicised ballistic missile attack on US forces in Iraq last Wednesday – was supposed to bring catharsis and demonstrate the regime’s power.
The governments of France, Germany and the UK – the “E3” – issued a statement yesterday saying that they were still committed to the Iran nuclear deal, despite the collapse in Iran/US relations. They said:
Today, our message is clear: we remain committed to the JCPoA [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action] and to preserving it; we urge Iran to reverse all measures inconsistent with the agreement and return to full compliance; we call on Iran to refrain from further violent action or proliferation; and we remain ready to engage with Iran on this agenda in order to preserve the stability of the region.
National Security Adviser suggested today that sanctions & protests have Iran “choked off”, will force them to negotiate. Actually, I couldn’t care less if they negotiate. Will be totally up to them but, no nuclear weapons and “don’t kill your protesters.”
Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of the protests in Iran and the fallout from the downing of a passenger jet outside Tehran last week.
Authorities in Iran are struggling to contain public anger after they admitted on Saturday that the country’s military was responsible for shooting down a commercial airliner with 176 people onboard. Police used teargas to break up a second day of protests in Tehran on Sunday, with demonstrations spreading to other cities.
Thanks for the many goodwill messages. Can confirm I wasn’t taking part in any demonstrations! Went to an event advertised as a vigil for victims of #PS752 tragedy. Normal to want to pay respects- some of victims were British. I left after 5 mins, when some started chanting. Continue reading...