A wave of violent protests swept through Iran in the second half of November, many witness accounts and even some official statements indicate that it was the largest and most intense protest seen in Iran in the last 40 years. What sparked such protests and how is the government reacting to this wave of discontent?
- “Iran will continue to respect the agreement regarding its nuclear programme even if the United States has decided to withdraw and for as long as the other signatories remain committed, with Iranian interests guaranteed.”
- In Iran the time has come to call voters to the polls. “Even an influential minority will make the difference in the next parliament,” said reformist candidate Mohammad-Reza Aref only a few days ago addressing a crowded assembly of young supporters of the National Determination Party (as reported by the Financial Times’ correspondent). Similar appeals have been made by President Hassan Rouhani.