Over the last week, Iran has been hit with a wave of protests against the government that began with many demanding action over economic issues like the cost of living and unemployment.
Some of the demonstrations turned deadly with reports of more than 20 killed. The unrest is one of the biggest challenges Iran’s leadership has faced since the disputed presidential election in 2009.
But tens-of-thousands have also attended pro-government rallies. Leaders have pointed to outside interference. And, on Wednesday, the head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard declared the defeat of what he called “sedition” in his country.
To discuss all angles of the protests in Iran:
- Reza Marashi, research director for the National Iranian American Council.
- Kaveh Afrasiabi, an author and political scientist and is an expert on Iranian foreign affairs.
- Dorothy Parvaz, global politics reporter at ThinkProgress.
- Alexander Azadgan, a professor of international political economy and a geopolitical analyst.
Iran Protests Around the World
People protest in solidarity with Iranians from London to Romania.
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