Iranian protesters demand Khamenei quits over plane downing

epa04696783 A handout picture made available by the official website of the Iranian Supreme Leader shows the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, speaking to crowds during a ceremony in Tehran, Iran, 09 April 2015. According to reports the Supreme Leader has said he has confidence in his negotiating team and is happy to leave them to reach an angreement in the ongoing nuclear talks between Iran and the P5 + 1, adding only that some conditions must be met, including the lifting of international sanctions. EPA/OFFICAL SUPREME LEADER WEBSITE / HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

TEHRAN (Rahnuma): A group of Iranian protesters demanded Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei step down on Saturday after Tehran said that its military had mistakenly shot down a Ukrainian plane, killing all 176 people on board.

“Commander-in-chief (Khamenei) resign, resign,” videos posted on Twitter showed hundreds of people chanting, in front of Tehran’s Amir Kabir university.

Reuters could not verify the authenticity of the video footage.

Iran announced Saturday that its military “unintentionally” shot down the jetliner, after the government had repeatedly denied Western accusations that it was responsible.

The plane was shot down early Wednesday, hours after Iran launched a ballistic missile attack on two military bases housing US troops in Iraq in retaliation for the killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in an American airstrike in Baghdad.

No one was wounded in the attack on the bases.

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