Hundreds of New Yorkers demand US to reduce tensions with Iran amid escalation

Hundreds of people took to the streets of New York on Jan 09 to protest a potential US military action against Iran. The protesters gathered in the Civic Center neighbourhood in Lower Manhattan holding up signs reading "Hands off Iran," "We demand deescalation," "Say no to war with Iran," "No war or sanctions on Iran," "Rage against war," and "We choose peace," among many others. An increased police presence was witnessed on the site with dozens of NYPD officers maintaining public order and a helicopter flying over the square. Recently, Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani was killed in an air strike on the orders of US President Donald Trump. In retaliation to the incident, Iran fired more than a dozen missiles at US forces in Iraq. Iran claimed that around 80 "American terrorists" were killed in the missile attack, however, in a press conference; Trump confirmed no causalities in the attack by Iran.