[Marxism] Fwd: 2793. The Islamic Republic's Endgame: On the Recent Protests in Iran

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sat Jan 13 18:34:14 MST 2018

By Kamran Nayeri.

Street protests that began in the northeastern city of Mashhad (pop. 2.8 
million) in Iran (pop. 80 million) on December 28 and spread to some 80 
cities, towns, and some villages, have been suppressed or otherwise 
ended by January 3 when the Revolution Guards (incorrectly translated as 
the Revolutionary Guards) were sent to the remaining trouble spots in 
Isfahan, Hamadan, and Lorestan to quell any protest.  At least 21 
protestors were killed and according a member of parliament more than 
3,500 have been jailed. On January 3, the government also organized 
demonstrations of tens of thousands of supporters of the Islamic 
Republic to politically isolate the protesters.  Meanwhile Internet 
access for selected regions was disrupted and access of the social 
messing site Telegraph with 40 million subscribers in Iran was cut off. 
Still, the protests have captured the imagination of many Iranians and 
the international community.

In what follows, I will outline some basic facts about these protests in 
section 1. These are collected from news articles and commentaries about 
the protests. However, much of these fails to place the protests in 
their historical context which includes the rise and demise of the 1979 
revolution and the role of Shi'ite clergy in it.  Sections 2 will deal 
with the histroical context, inclduing the role of the Shi'ite clergy. 
Section 3, will outline the counter revolutionary role of Ayatollah 
Khomeini and the Islamic Republic that destoryed the 1979 revolurion 
against Shah's autocracy by imposing a theocratic capitalist regime in 
its place, now opposed even in the urabn poor and some rural population. 
  In section 4, I will argue that the recent protest mark the begining 
of the end of the theocratic capitalist regime and suggest a way forward 
for the radicalizing youth and working people in Iran drawing on the 
histroical experience of Iranian people as well as the current social 
and ecological crisis in Iran and the world.


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