Iranian gov't almost collapsed in 2019

During the Green Movement, someone inside Iran observed that this was not the existential crisis that would bring down the regime. It was a movement of intellectuals and students. The existential crisis, rather, would happen when barefooted, starving Iranians overtook the streets out of desperation. That’s exactly what began in 2017—and as things keep getting worse, those Iranians grow in number and desperation. Many inside Iran who participated in the November 2019 protests believe that if the government had not shut down the internet, the regime might have collapsed. Without the capacity to organize, protesters still managed to attack and, in some occasions, seize key government buildings, police stations, and even military bases. This was an unprecedented move, and there was a possibility that, if they were able to organize, they could have outmaneuvered security forces at police stations and military bases to arm themselves. What would come next is unclear, but there is a high likelihood that, in that case, Artesh, the regular and secular military which is still revered by the people and itself sympathetic to the democracy movement, would have joined the protesters

By AFarooqui

I write about the dichotomies present in religion, gathered mostly from discussions with average Jews, Christians, Muslims and atheists.

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