Current Developments in Iranhttp://insurgentnotes.com/2018/01/current-developments-in-iran/
Date Written: 04/01/2018
Year Published: 2018
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX22005
An update on the new wave of demonstrations that started December 28, 2017 in Mashhad, the second-largest city in Iran, and why dissent is different from that of 2009.
Some people (including the "reformist" faction of the regime) claim that the protests in this city were initiated by the competing ("conservative") faction which lost the presidential election to "moderates" and "reformists"; but soon it got out of their hands. Whether this is the case or not, this new wave of protest demonstrations is undoubtedly spontaneous, and reflects the great discontent among the masses which no force has been able to control.