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Protests in Iran Highlight Mass Rejection of Islamic Republic, Democracy Advocates Say

Saeed Ghasseminejad
31st December 2017 - Quoted by Ben Cohen - The Algemeiner

As a fourth day of protests in Iran came to a close on Sunday with reports of hundreds of arrests, Iranian opposition activists took to social media to point out that the unrest has been motivated by more than the economic hardships currently being visited upon the country’s citizens.

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The notion that the protests were focused solely on economic discontent amounts to a “false theory the regime’s echo chamber has been circulating since the beginning,” Saeed Ghasseminejad – Iran Research Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) think-tank – told The Algemeiner.

“If we focus on the slogans we hear and in the videos of the protests that are being circulated, we see a trend,” Ghasseminejad argued. “The protestors are angry about corruption and inequality, and they  despise Islamism, the Islamic Republic and the clerics.”

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