In an article referring to the unrest in Iran, the Associated Press wrote that people’s pent-up anger has ignited with the death of Mahsa Amini in police custody across the country.
The demonstrations surrounding Mahsa Amini’s death – and the government’s crackdown to quell the protests – represent the latest cycle of unrest that has gripped Iran since the 1357 revolution. Protests against the killing of Amini have spread in at least 46 cities, towns and villages of Iran.
John Gambrel, director of the Iran and Persian Gulf section of the Associated Press, continues is writing Now the government of the Islamic Republic is sinking between internal and external crises. But authorities have narrowed the window through which the wider world can see them by restricting Internet access, detaining journalists and tightly controlling all levers of government power.
He has reminded that considering the modern history of Iran, strict repression is not surprising. Referring to the suppression of people’s protests in 2018 after the removal of government fuel subsidies, and the million green movement of 2008, he writes that the Iranian government still suppresses public protests under the title of foreign conspiracy. But even if it eventually quells the protests, it is unlikely to eradicate the deep anger of the people. Because Iran’s economy is in crisis and Western sanctions have destroyed the savings of a generation. The value of the currency has fallen sharply, and young Iranians are increasingly trying to find a new life abroad at any cost.
The author of this article calls Iran’s domestic and foreign policy isolated and uncompromising and predicts that economic challenges and radical political positions will probably strengthen. Even if Iran agrees to a roadmap to restore the nuclear deal, it is likely to face new US sanctions over the sale of so-called suicide drones to Russia for use in the Kremlin’s ongoing war in Ukraine.
Meanwhile, the IRGC, which answers only to the leader of the revolution, has grown both militarily and economically stronger during recent tensions with the West.
Mr. Gambrel concludes that both the clergy and the IRGC have a financial and political incentive to continue the status quo. And without any other outlet, it seems that the mass protests of the Iranian people will continue.
* The Farsi translation of this article is published for informational purposes only, and the opinions expressed in it do not necessarily reflect the views of Voice of America.