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Public Demands for Tehran Mayor’s Step Down after Plasco Collapse | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Site of the Plasco collapse in Tehran, Iran

London- Tehran’s recent collapse of the Iranian capital’s oldest high-rise building triggered a wave of political criticism on social media, with people demanding that the Tehran Mayor Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf comes forth with his resignation.

The damage to the Plasco building is estimated at about $500 million, Ali Fazeli, the head of Iran Chamber of Guilds previously told IRNA.

Iranians left outraged and dismayed by the destruction of the Plasco building, which collapsed after being engulfed by fire moved towards asking for Ghalibaf’s step down for mismanagement.

As the operation to find the people trapped under the rubble entered its third consecutive day, rescue teams retrieved the second body from the site on Jan 21 morning.

Tehran Mayor Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf, said earlier that between 20 to 25 people are believed to have been trapped under the rubble.

The 15-story structure was the center of clothing production in Tehran. The presence of textiles may have led to the rapid spread of the flames along with building managers’ having ignored repeated warnings about the lack of adherence to fire safety regulations.

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani visited the site of the Plasco building in Tehran, which collapsed on Jan. 19.

“This is a lesson and a warning for all officials over the security of the lives of citizens, which is a civil right,” Rouhani told state TV.

Accompanied with a number of cabinet members, Rouhani visited the site Jan. 21 morning and was informed about the latest rescue operations, Tasnim news agency reported.

Rouhani also called for comprehensive plans to ensure the safety of the old buildings that face the same threats.

Iran’s government has announced Jan. 21 national mourning day in commemoration of the people killed in the incident.