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Protests in Iran stretch into third day despite government warnings

Behnam Ben Taleblu
30th December 2017 - Quoted by Erin Cunningham - The Washington Post

Anti-government protests spurred by economic woes hit Iran for a third day Saturday, news agencies and social media reported, in what has quickly emerged as a significant challenge to the administration of President Hassan Rouhani.

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“Since Rouhani entered office, he has managed to inflate expectations with lofty rhetoric but has actually done little to change the reality of life on the ground in Iran,” said Behnam Ben Taleblu, an Iran expert at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies in Washington.

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Taleblu, the analyst, said that the demonstrations “prove that there is widespread discontent in Iran, that it can be triggered at any time.”

“These protests also show that . . . Iranians see the regime and its mismanagement as an impediment to their daily lives,” he said.

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