Protest in Iran mark the revolution anniversary

Protest in Iran mark the revolution anniversary

Protest in Iran mark the revolution anniversary

This week Iran celebrates the 31st anniversary of the Islamic Revolution that market the end of the western influence and the start of the Iranian Islamic republic. The 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran contributed to the extension of the Islamic fundamentalism throughout the Middle East and South Asia.

This year the anniversary is marked by oppositions’ large protests started last year after the presidential elections. The opposition organized the so-called Green Movement, asking for social justice, freedom and democracy in demonstrations throughout the country. The dissident’s slogans are now quite identical to those used by insurgents during the 1979 Islamic revolution.

Back in the 1979, the revolutionary groups included communists, socialists and secularists. Now the society is sliced in two: Ahmadinejad and Khomeini supporters on one side and the opposition on the other.

Ayatollah Khomeini is the supreme leader in Iran, the one that introduced religion into politics. Currently, all decisions and laws must be first approved by Khomeini himself as the ruler in the name of God.

Since the protests started, after the presidential elections, dozens of people were killed and thousands were arrested, but the opposition continued to dispute the vote results. Now, after eight months, their voices become even more powerful around the Islamic Revolution anniversary.

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