WATCH: Protesters Flood The Streets Of Iran, Call For Iranian Leader To Quit

Moments after the Iranian government admitted to shooting down a Ukrainian commercial aircraft, Iranians flooded the streets of their capital and called for the end to the current regime.

“Death to the Islamic republic,” the protestors said.

“Down with Khameini,” they echoed.

Tying in the recent death of Iran’s top military commander Qasem Soleimani—who was killed by a President Trump-ordered military drone strike—the Iranians chanted: “Soleimani was a murderer, his Leader is also a murderer!”

Their leadership has to go, the protestors chanted until Iranian law enforcement officials wearing riot gear broke up the crowds. The Daily Mail reports the protests started as mournful vigils that took place in four locations across the capital.

According to the report, the plane that the Iranian government “accidentally” shot down was carrying 176 people, including at least 130 Iranian citizens. There were no survivors in the crash.

The Daily Mail adds:

Iran for days claimed that a technical failure caused the crash, before admitting on Saturday that its own surface-to-air missiles brought the plane down.

On Saturday afternoon, candlelight vigils at universities in Tehran for the victims of Flight 752 began to turn to protests against the regime. Large protests were reported at the universities of Tehran, Sharif Industrial, Amir Kabir, and Allameh.

At Amirkabir University, protesters chanted ‘Down with the dictator’ and ‘shame on IRGC [Revolutionary Guard], let the country go.’

At Sharif University, crowds of outraged Iranians chanted ‘commander in chief, resign!’ The Ayatollah is Iran’s commander in chief.

‘Our enemy is right here; they lie when they say it’s the US’ protesters were heard chanting in one video.

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The crowd also condemned the Islamic Republic’s paramilitary internal security force, chanting ‘Death to Basij.’

As night fell, riot police attempted to break up the protests with tear gas.

Cops armed with shields and batons tried to disperse the crowds, and police fired water canons at protesters.

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The protests were backed by Republican members of Congress, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Senators Tom Cotton and Ted Cruz: