Monday, December 28, 2009
Repression Breeds Dissent -- Iran
As in so many other instances, events in Iran are once again demonstrating that repressive state actions often breed dissent and fuel mass protests. Protesters have been galvanized by state uses of force, including killings on an Iranian holy day. The real question for the Iranian opposition is whether it can carve a movement out of the mass protests that begain this past summer, following the presidential election. If that is to occur, the opposition must have a leadership structure. And it must move beyond its own public violence, no matter how warranted it may seem at this moment.