Monday, February 1, 2010

Anniversary of Islamic Revolution May Bring New Clashes in Iran

Next week’s anniversary of Iran’s Islamic revolution is shaping up to be a key indicator of the opposition’s resilience. The regime, in a continuing clampdown, last week executed two of 11 protestors who recently were sentenced to death.

On Saturday another 16 Iranians went on trial. They were arrested during the last round of protests, in late December, when hundreds of people were arrested and at least eight killed.

The day (Bahman 22 on the Persian calendar) has traditionally been marked by patriotic celebratory rallies across the country, but since President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s disputed re-election last June, opposition supporters have hijacked important days on the Iranian calendar to protest against the government.