Protests in Iran are nothing new - but it feels different this time

Despite the Internet blackout, protests are raging on in more than 100 Iranian cities. The protests started in response to a hike in petrol prices without warning, but they have evolved into calls for the end of the ruling system.
Despite the Internet blackout, protests are raging on in more than 100 Iranian cities. The protests started in response to a hike in petrol prices without warning, but they have evolved into calls for the end of the ruling system.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

Protests erupted across Iran last Friday when the state dramatically raised petrol prices without warning. Clashes between angry citizens and the security forces left at least a dozen dead over the weekend.

Popular uprisings are nothing new in the Islamic Republic. But this time, it feels different.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 21, 2019, with the headline 'Protests in Iran are nothing new - but it feels different this time'. Subscribe