Iran protests going beyond the election now

Juan Cole:

Protesters are even now targeting Khamenei directly, not just denouncing dictatorship, according to Robert Tait at the Guardian, chanting, ‘”Seiyed Ali Pinochet, Chile Iran nemishe” (Seiyed Ali Pinochet, Iran won’t become Chile).’ This chant is consistent with a ‘Third Worldist’ (including international left solidarity) tinge to the Green Revolution. I.e. it is not the chant of a North Tehran businessman but of someone who came to consciousness as a revolutionary in the 1970s and 1980s.

Well, the chants could easily enough be started by leftists then picked up by the protesters en masse. They may not be leftists but are certainly getting radicalized quickly enough now.


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