Geneive Abdo speaks with CNN International about Iran Protests
Unlike the 2009 Green Revolution, the protests in Iran are being driven by the Islamic Republic’s political base, rural conservatives, rather than urban elites. And while these protests began as an expression of economic grievances they have rapidly become political in nature. Because the demonstrators are composed of rural poor, they lack the means to flee to Europe or the United States, meaning that unrest is likely to continue even if these demonstrations are crushed. Average Iranians do not believe the Islamic Republic’s claim that unrest is driven by “foreign agents.” The US’s firm position against Iran will make Tehran more belligerent but it will also embolden the demonstrators.