Sudden large scale nationwide protests have shaken Iran. Sections of the masses have shown utter defiance of the regime. Youth, facing unemployment estimated to be between 25% and 40%, have particularly been to the fore. The protests, initially against the rise in prices and corruption, almost immediately developed into fighting and clashes with security forces with a mounting death toll. In some cities, people attacked police stations, pro-regime paramilitary headquarters and religious seminaries. This rapid development seemed unbelievable even for the most optimistic political analysts and activists.
Why did counter-revolution triumph instead? Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, recently addressed thousands of supporters at Tehran’s Azadi (Freedom) Monument, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Iranian Revolution – a revolution carried out by the working class that toppled a brutal Western puppet, the Shah. But why did the revolution […]
Khamenie and Rouhani are riding a tiger By Kave Heydari, Iranian CWI supporter in Britain The victory of reformist-backed moderate and ‘Centralist’, Hassan Rouhani, over the conservative ‘Principalist’ candidates brought hope to some in Iranian society. After announcing Rouhani’s election as president, thousands of people came onto the streets of […]