Iran: The Ongoing Struggle

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on June 19, 2009

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Roll the tape. We have some reviewing to do.

1. “Hundreds of thousands of protesters” showed up to protest the murders of pro-democracy demonstrators in Iran. Mousavi’s website claimed that the number exceeded 1 million. The protests occurred despite the demands of the Supreme Leader, Ali Khamene’i, that they not take place–a startling, refreshing, and entirely justified act of insubordination on the part of the Iranian people.

2. The next move belongs to Khamene’i, whose Friday prayer sermon is widely anticipated. I suspect he will be as hardline and uncompromising as he has already indicated that he will be, but if his tune is softer than expected, it may serve as evidence of the fact the regime truly lives in fear these days.

3. I certainly hope that reports of impending, massive violence are wrong. But I worry.

4. Of course, we at the New Ledger have worked to be all over the rapidly evolving story in Iran. Be sure to check out the work done by my colleagues, Ben Domenech, Francis Cianfrocca, and Dan McLaughlin. Must-reads, all.

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