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