The Straits Times
Published on Sep 30, 2012

Iran sanctions could spark domestic uprising: Israel FM


JERUSALEM (AFP) - International sanctions could trigger a popular uprising in Iran similar to last year's revolution in Egypt that toppled president Hosni Mubarak, Israel's foreign minister said in statements published on Sunday.

"The opposition demonstrations that took place in Iran in June 2009 will come back in even greater force," Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said in an interview published by Israel's Haaretz newspaper.

"In my view, there's going to be an Iranian-style Tahrir revolution," he said, refering to last year's mass protests in Cairo's Tahrir Square that forced Mubarak to quit.

"The young generation is sick of being held hostage and sacrificing their future," Mr Lieberman said. "The situation in Iran, and the feelings of the man on the street, is one of economic catastrophe," he said. "Just this week there was another devaluation of the Iranian rial .... There's a shortage of basic goods, a rise in crime, and people are trying to flee the country, sending money abroad."