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A group of Iranians listen to President Hassan Rouhani during a ceremony marking the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, Tehran, Iran, Feb. 11, 2019 (AP photo by Vahid Salemi).

The Nuclear Deal Raised Iranians’ Hopes. Now They’re Focused on Survival

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

In the picture, a woman raises her left fist while using her right hand to shield her face from a cloud of tear gas. She’s standing behind a barrier outside the University of Tehran, with spindly trees visible in the background.

The scene dates to December 2017, when Iranian authorities attempted to quash protests that were initially sparked by economic woes but quickly evolved to channel broader political grievances. Some 5,000 people were arrested between the beginning of the protests and the second week of January 2018, when they had mostly simmered out, according to official figures. At least three of those detainees would perish in state custody. ...

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