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Unraveling the Importance of the Iranian Protests

MIN READDec 28, 2017 | 20:30 GMT

Anti-government protests have erupted in several cities across Iran, including the conservative northeastern town of Mashhad. Based on the photographs and reports spreading through social media outlets on Dec. 28, the crowds attending the demonstrations appear to number in the hundreds or low thousands. But the unrest has grown severe enough that security forces reportedly used tear gas and water cannons to disperse the protesters. Details about the size, scope and organization of the demonstrations -- all critical factors to a protest wishing to achieve its political objectives -- are scarce. Nevertheless, today's events are notable for two reasons: the message they are intended to convey and their location in Iran's heartland.

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Anti-government protests have erupted in several cities across Iran, including the conservative northeastern town of Mashhad. Based on the photographs and reports spreading through social media outlets on Dec. 28, the crowds attending the demonstrations appear to number in the hundreds or low thousands. But the unrest has grown severe enough that security forces reportedly used tear gas and water cannons to disperse the protesters. Details about the size, scope and organization of the demonstrations -- all critical factors to a protest wishing to achieve its political objectives -- are scarce. Nevertheless, today's events are notable for two reasons: the message they are intended to convey and their location in Iran's heartland....

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