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When the Protests Die Down, Iran's Economic Problems Will Live On

Jan 4, 2018 | 23:52 GMT
Students at the University of Tehran run for cover as tear gas is lobbed at demonstrators on Dec. 30, 2017.

Iranian students run for cover from tear gas at the University of Tehran during a demonstration driven by anger over economic problems, in the capital Tehran on December 30, 2017. Students protested in a third day of demonstrations, videos on social media showed, but were outnumbered by counterdemonstrators.

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After a week of public protests, the dust is starting to settle in Iran. Without clear leadership or a specific political movement for protesters to gather around, the intensity of the demonstrations that popped up around the country has begun to dissipate. But that doesn't mean the government in Tehran can breathe easy. The economic grievances that sparked the initial unrest are still alive and well among the Iranian public, and many of them are beyond the power of the current administration to fix. Furthermore, the work required to address the issues that are within the government's control risks upsetting the delicate balance of Iranian politics....

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