Iran plane downing: Police deny shooting anti-government protesters

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Police in the Iranian capital, Tehran, have denied using live ammunition against protesters outraged by the shooting down of a Ukrainian airliner. Officers had been given orders to “show restraint”, the chief of police said.

Videos posted online on Sunday recorded what appeared to be gunfire and showed an injured woman being carried away. Protests erupted on Saturday, after Iran admitted firing missiles by mistake at the Ukraine International Airlines jet that crashed near Tehran. All 176 people on board Flight PS752, mostly Iranians and Canadians, were killed.

For the first three days after the crash, Iran denied that its armed forces had shot down the plane and suggested there had been a technical failure. The admission of responsibility, which came in the face of mounting evidence, provoked widespread anger in Iran against the ruling establishment.

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