— Afshin Ellian (@AfshinEllian1) January 13, 2020
Several people were injured and others were arrested on Sunday night, according to Al-Arabiya. Security forces reportedly fired on protesters in Tehran on Sunday night, injuring at least one woman. Videos from the Iranian capital showed security forces storming protesters, as protests continued to spread to additional cities throughout the country.
— NCRI Women’s Committee (@womenncri) January 12, 2020
Another video circulated on social media on Sunday night showed security forces beating protesting women in Sanandaj in Western Iran. Similar reports of security forces beating protesters appeared in other cities as well.
Internet watchdog Netblocks tweeted that internet connectivity dropped at the Sharif University in Tehran on Monday amid protests, but that national connectivity remained stable. In protests in November, internet connection was shut off around the country for over four days. In December, amid attempts to renew the protests, the Iranian temporarily shut off internet connection in multiple locations for a short period.
Earlier this evening protesters begun attacking the Office of the City Imam who is described as “An agent of Khamenei” in Eyvanekey, #Iran. pic.twitter.com/lSGBOONLUQ
— Aurora Intel (@AuroraIntel) January 13, 2020
At least two reporters have resigned from Iran’s official Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) in the aftermath of the crash, according to Newsweek.
IRIB presenter Zahra Khatami announced her departure on Saturday, saying she would “never again go back to television.” Fellow presenter Saba Rad also announced her departure that day.
Gelare Jabbari, who worked for IRIB in the past, wrote on Instagram, saying, “I’m sorry that I lied to you on Iranian television for 13 years. I left this job a few years ago and will never go back to television.”
At least 16 Iranian stage artists pulled out their plays from the film and theater Fajr Festival, because of the “recent attack on honesty.” Many others have also announced that they would pull out of the festival in mourning for the passengers killed on the downed flight. Several Iranian musicians have also cancelled planned concerts.
A group of Iranian cartoonists stated “We protest against recent events that claimed hundreds of Iranian lives and announce that we will not be present at the Fajr Festival,” according to Radio Farda.
— Aurora Intel (@AuroraIntel) January 12, 2020
When asked about whether she supported renewed protests in Iran, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stated that she would love to see the “aspirations of the people of Iran realized with a better situation,” but that she would rather calm, not escalate, the situation.
Accusations of lethal force against protesters in Iran should be fully investigated, a spokesman for United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Monday, saying reports of violence against those protesting the downing of a civilian airliner were “worrying.”
Videos circulated on social media on Sunday evening showed security forces firing tear gas at protesters in Tehran, as demonstrations blocked traffic in the city.
Protests swept through the country on Saturday and Sunday after the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps admitted that it had shot down a Ukrainian passenger plane, killing all those on board, following an Iranian missile attack on US bases in Iraq. Sources told Iran International that civilian flights in the area were allowed to continue in order to provide a “human shield” against a possible US response.
Reuters contributed to this report.
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