Ivan Sascha Sheehan: Iran protests, Soleimani killing point to THIS next for the country
Iran’s domestic activists have made international headlines on a number of occasions in recent years. Global media reported on the latest protests, which emerged this past weekend in the wake of the regime’s admission that it shot down a passenger airliner amidst heightened tensions with the United States. But what many reports miss is the fact that these protests quickly took on a more anti-government tone, thus underlining the stark divisions between the Iranian people and the country’s ruling theocracy.
In this way, the latest protests fit into a much larger pattern. Public demonstrations in the Islamic Republic seldom remain focused on the specific issues that spark them precisely because Iranians understand that the root of their problems is the regime that governs them.
This was the case in November when Iranians took to the streets in response to Tehran’s announcement that it would be hiking gasoline prices. The move promised to help the mullahs consolidate their hold on power while increasing the economic pain for ordinary Iranians, but the regime grossly underestimated the extent of the public backlash.
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November’s anti-regime protests shook the regime to its core and changed the domestic political landscape. Not only did the protests quickly engulf the country, but they gave rise to slogans such as “death to the dictator,” thereby leaving little doubt about the public’s appetite for regime change.
Authorities promptly initiated one of the worst crackdowns ...
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