The Crisis of the Iranian State and Post-election Political Protest in Iran

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January 19, 2010 - 17:15 - 19:00
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Stela Garaz
The Crisis of the Iranian State and Post-election Political Protest in Iran

While the post-election protests in Iran were instigated by electoral frauds, its causes lay in a much deeper discontent with Islamic regime. While initially the slogans of the movement focused on reclaiming stolen votes they gradually developed into slogans against the Islamic regime as a whole and now target directly the so-called supreme leader, Ali Khamenei. In relation to current protests, Professor Rigi argues that the movement and the ruling elite are not monolithic, as he identifies different sections of the movement and differences in their attitude towards the ruling elite on the one hand, and highlights the differences among the elite on the other.