Iran: Protests Continue Despite Legal Warning

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The Facts

  • On Sunday, Iranian protesters took to the streets for the 10th night in a row over the death of Mahsa Amini, despite Pres. Ebrahim Raisi and judiciary chief Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei urging "decisive action without leniency" against "instigators of the riots."

  • This comes on the same day that Iran's Foreign Ministry announced it had summoned Britain's ambassador to Iran over what it deemed a "hostile atmosphere" promoted by London-based Persian language news outlets.

The Spin

Pro-establishment narrative

Iran's system has long been rotten, and Amini's death has pushed Iran's youth to its limits by showing how the regime treats its own citizens as well as its disregard for the rule of law. While Raisi has been unable to tackle the economic crisis and youth unemployment, he has amplified repression against women "incorrectly" covering their hair. Iranians cannot blindly comply with these orders any longer.

Establishment-critical narrative

The riots have nothing to do with the death of Amin. Enemies of Iran are exploiting the tragic event for the sole purpose of creating chaos in the country as the government remains firm in its opposition to Western hegemony and Israel's Zionist regime. Claims that she was beaten before her death are baseless and contrary to forensic evidence.

Nerd narrative

There's a 50% chance that Iran will cease to be an Islamic Republic by December 2047, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

Establishment split



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