Monday 19 November 2018

Iranians pay price for the clerics squandering benefits of nuclear deal

Former President Barack Obama. Photo: Mark Makela/Reuters
Former President Barack Obama. Photo: Mark Makela/Reuters

Con Coughlin

The Iranians who have taken to the streets in nationwide anti-government protests must feel a chilling sense of deja vu as they attempt to challenge the all-encompassing authority of the ayatollahs.

The last time Iran's oppressed populace protested against the clerics' woeful misrule, during the short-lived Green Revolution in the summer of 2009, they found their hopes dashed by a ferocious crackdown on their liberties orchestrated by regime loyalists.

Because of the closed nature of the country's theocratic dictatorship, it is impossible to say for sure how many protesters perished in 2009 at the hands of the combined reactionary forces of the Revolutionary Guard, the protectors of Iran's Islamic Revolution, and the Basij, the rag-tag people's militia that fulfils a similar function at times of national crisis.

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