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Protests against Iranian authorities after Ukrainian plane shut down

Mass anti-government protests are spreading across the country in Iran condemning Iranian authorities for shooting down a Ukrainian passenger plane and killing all 176 people on board.

Demonstrators are calling for Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to step down and for those responsible for downing the plane to be prosecuted. "Khamenei have shame. Leave the country," chanted protesters in Tehran. US President Donald Trump tweeted his support. for the demonstrators. Another incident became in attention publicly. Iran made temporary arrest Saturday of British Ambassador Rob Macaire in the middle of a crowd of protesters in front of Tehran's Amir Kabir University. He was accused of instigating. UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab called Macaire's arrest a "flagrant violation of international law." France and Germany reacted too.

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Iranian officials said Macaire was released as soon as his identity was confirmed. Clashes with security forces and the firing of tear gas are reported in Iran.  Many of the protesters are women. US President Donald Trump on Sunday repeated warnings that Iran should not target anti-government protesters, saying, "the World is watching. More importantly, the USA is watching".

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