The Iranian Popular Protests: Hopes and Reality

  • 17 January 2018

On December 28, 2017, popular protests broke out in Iran that soon spread to several cities. In a return to scenes similar to the 2009 protests following the re-election of former President Ahmadinejad, it was clear that the Iranian people faced real problems that saw them take to the streets once again.

Although the number of protesters was relatively small, compared to 2009, this fresh popular action against the ruling regime took place across a wider area, demonstrating a clear rejection of the regime’s domestic and foreign policies.

After approximately three weeks, the intensity of the protests calmed to a level that allowed the Iranian regime to restore control over the situation. The protests, however, left many questions unanswered. For example, what were the real reasons behind this eruption in Iran— was it a result of ongoing issues or accumulated grievances? Why did the popular protests reach a wider geographical area, compared to those in 2009? If the recent popular protests had legitimate demands, why did they fail to achieve the goals they clearly expressed? What was the regional and internal position toward these protests? And, what impact will these protests have on the position of the Iranian regime, both domestically and externally?

 

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Wednesday 17 January 2018

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Wednesday 17 January 2018

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