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Iranian Security Forces Reportedly Firing Live Ammunition At Protesters Angry With Regime

David Krayden Ottawa Bureau Chief
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Iranian security forces reportedly fired tear gas and live ammunition on protesters in the streets Sunday who are demonstrating against the regime.

Videos are emerging that indicate the government is increasingly at odds with its own people, who are angry after its rulers admitted they accidentally shot down a Ukrainian aircraft after it left the Tehran airport, Fox News reported Monday.

Activists protest against Iranian government in front of German Federal Foreign Office after a Ukrainian passenger plane crashed in Iran, in Berlin, Germany, January 13, 2020. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

Activists protest against Iranian government in front of German Federal Foreign Office after a Ukrainian passenger plane crashed in Iran, in Berlin, Germany, Jan. 13, 2020. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

Social media clips reportedly captured the violence.

Iranian state-run media has not commented on the alleged attacks on protesters that reportedly occurred in Tehran’s Freedom Square, Fox noted. (RELATED: Iranian Protesters Burn US Flag Following Death Of Military Leader)

In the aftermath of the death of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani, commander of the terrorist Quds Force, Iranians could be seen in the streets shouting “Death to America” But since the admission of the aircraft shooting, the protests have shifted against the Iranian regime.

Iranian mourners carry a picture of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (R) granting the Order of Zolfaghar, the highest military honour of Iran, to General Qasem Soleimani, during the latter's funeral procession in the capital Tehran on January 6, 2020. - Downtown Tehran was brought to a standstill as mourners flooded the Iranian capital to pay an emotional homage to Soleimani, the "heroic" general who spearheaded Iran's Middle East operations as commander of the Revolutionary Guards' Quds Force and was killed in a US drone strike on January 3 near Baghdad airport along with Iraqi paramilitary chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and others. (Photo by ATTA KENARE/AFP via Getty Images)

Iranian mourners carry a picture of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (R) granting the Order of Zolfaghar, the highest military honour of Iran, to General Qasem Soleimani, during the latter’s funeral procession in the capital Tehran on Jan. 6, 2020. – (Photo by ATTA KENARE/AFP via Getty Images)

On Saturday, White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham tweeted: “Protests happening in Tehran. Among other things, Iranian protesters reportedly chanting: ‘The regime told us our enemy is the US. But actually, our enemy is right here” (referring the regime itself).

The anti-government protesters have been on the streets for at least two days, according to an Axios report. The demonstrations are also reportedly spreading to other Iranian cities, The New York Times  reported. (RELATED: Iranian MP Urges Attack On White House)

Students chanted, “They are lying that our enemy is America, our enemy is right here,” on the campus of a Tehran university, Al Jazeera reported.