A protester in Shiraz, November 2019Middle East Images / Redux
Repression Won’t Solve the Deeper Problems Bringing Iranians to the Streets
December 5, 2019 -Foreign Affairs -By Mohammad Ali Kadivar, Saber Khani, and Abolfazl Sotoudeh
A wave of protest swept across Iran last week. The government had abruptly hiked gas prices in order to offset its budget deficit at a time of high inflation and negative economic growth. Angry protesters clashed with security forces, set government buildings and banks on fire, and blocked roads. The government responded with an iron fist, killing more than 200 protesters, arresting thousands, and shutting down the Internet across the country for about a week.
People walk near a bank in Tehran that was burned down during protests last month. (Wana News Agency/Via Reuters)
Dec. 5, 2019 – Washington Post – By Carol Morello and Missy Ryan A State Department official said Thursday that 1,000 or more protesters may have been killed during weeks of unrest in Iran and that the United States has received video that shows troops firing machine guns mounted on trucks at protesters in one incident.