Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Rock Meet Hard Place

Pejman Yousefzadeh on Facebook suggested
this article on the latest happenings in Iran. It discusses the infighting among the clerics in Iran. This, I thought, was the most interesting point.

To a certain degree, hardliners now find themselves caught in a cycle of doom: they must crack down on protesters if they are to have any chance of retaining power, but doing so only causes more and more clerics to align against them.

Security forces broke up a small street protest on June 22 involving roughly a thousand demonstrators who had gathered to mourn the victims of the government crackdown two days before. Also on June 22, a statement issued in the name of the Revolutionary Guards demanded that protesters immediately stop "sabotage and rioting activities," and threatened to unleash "revolutionary confrontation" against anyone who took to the streets.

Such a showdown could come later this week. One of the country’s highest-ranking clerics, Grand Ayatollah Hussein-Ali Montazeri has declared three days of mourning for those who have died in street protests. Grand Ayatollah Montazeri’s declaration could bring thousands of Tehran residents back out into the streets starting on June 24.
Iran is +3:30 from GMT. Which says that we might be seeing reports from as early as about 05:00 GMT on the 24th about the state of affairs in Iran. About 12 hours from the time of this post.

1 comment:

GW said...

God bless Grand Ayatollah Montazeri. Khomeini put the screws to him before he died because Montazeri refused to acquiese to a theocracy in Iran. Now he has lived long enough to get in the last word.