iranian protests 2009
It was June 2009 and the world watched as Iranians took to the streets of Tehran in violent and deadly protests. Protestors turned to the Internet, blasting pictures and videos through Twitter and Facebook. Yet one year later, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is still in power and expanding his nuclear agenda. Last week marked the one year anniversary of the Iran elections and the subsequent green movement and while demonstrations had fizzled out, the emotions and wounds still run deep. With protests scheduled across the world, what can we expect from the Green Movement? Will there be a bloody repeat of last year’s demonstrations or can change really come through peaceful protests?
Babak Dehghanpisheh, Baghdad Bureau Chief for Newsweek.
Abbas Milani, Director of Iranian studies at Stanford University and co-director of the Iran Democracy Project at the Hoover Institution in Palo Alto