Since December, 28th, Iran is facing a wave of unprecedented protests since 2009 – the year Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was reelected.
All over the country, streets are invaded by crowds of demonstrators who protest against economic difficulties and the corruption of the regime, personified by both moderate President Hassan Rohani and ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Supreme Leader of Iran. Lead at first by ultraconservatives, the anger wins other layers of Iranian society, revealing a deep and general malaise.
In 5 days these violents confrontations resulted in the death of 21 persons, while the fear of repression keeps growing.
As a response, counterdemonstrations defending the regime took place and the head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (Sepâh) declared on the 4th of January “the end of sedition”, denouncing the interference of the United States in the conduct of the protests.
Iran is at the heart of the complex issues taking place in the Middle-East, obviously under high tension.
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The Persian Spring ? - Shahrokh Heidari (Iran), Radio Farda
Bulles blanches: "Pauvreté", "Liberté", "À bas le dictateur", "Mort à Khamenei !" / Bulles grises: "Non" "Référendum", "Corruption", "Dictateur", "Vive Reza Chah", "L'Iran libre", "Inflation", "Populisme"
The Persian Spring ? - Rayma (Venezuela), Cagle Cartoons
The Persian Spring ? - Morin (Etats-Unis / USA)
"Oh oh", "Rendez sa grandeur à l'Iran !"
The Persian Spring ? - Stephff (Thaïlande / Thailand), The Nation
"Plus d'emploi ! Plus de pouvoir d'achat !", "Manifestations iraniennes", "Bon au moins il ne demande pas plus de démocratie", "Je m'inquiéterais d'avantage des revendications de nature économique !!!"
The Persian Spring ? - Vadot (Belgique / Belgium), Le Vif-L’Express
"Iran upside down"
The Persian Spring ? - Tjeerd Royaards (Pays-Bas / The Netherlands), Cartoon Movement
"Liberté" / "Freedom"
The Persian Spring ? - Shay Charka (Israël / Israel), Makor Rishon
The Persian Spring ? - Goutal (France)
"La voix du peuple est la voix de Dieu" / "The voice of the people is the voice of God" / In red: "Hands off our prohibitions!", "Long live state religion", "Let's put a veil on reality!", "Christine Boutin with us !", "Down freedom of thought !", "Long live obscurantism!"
The Persian Spring ? - Khalid Gueddar (Maroc / Morocco)
"Go away !"
The Persian Spring ? - Antonio Rodriguez (Mexique / Mexico)