Iran Cracks Down as Protests Over Downing of Airliner Grow

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NorbertStrauss

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Iran Cracks Down as Protests Over Downing of Airliner Grow
This sentence above is the headline of this newspaper article.

Does it mean the crack down happened as (during the same time) the protests were happening, or that the crack down (on something or someone) happened in the form of protests?

The second interpretation sounds a little bit odd since the person or thing upon which the crackdown is happening isn't mentioned. How would you interpret this sentence?
 
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