Protesters clash with police in Iran


Protests in Tehran yesterday were small, but significant. Sanctions by the West have taken a significant toll on the Iranian currency, the rial, and people are feeling the pinch. Does this mean the end of Ahmadinejad or the current regime in Iran? Probably not, but this will increase pressure on the government to modify it’s behavior. The Guardian:

Hundreds of demonstrators in the Iranian capital clashed with riot police on Wednesday, during protests against the crisis over the country’s currency. Police used batons and teargas to try to disperse the crowds.

The day after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad appealed to the market to restore calm, the Grand Bazaar – the heartbeat of Tehran’s economy – went on strike, with various businesses shutting down and owners gathering in scattered groups chanting anti-government slogans in reaction to the plummeting value of the rial, which has hit an all-time low this week.

“Mahmoud [Ahmadinejad] the traitor … leave politics,” shouted some protesters, according to witnesses who spoke to the Guardian. Other slogans were “Leave Syria alone, instead think of us,” said opposition website Kaleme.com.


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