The Only Card Iran’s Regime Has Left Is Repression

The Only Card Iran’s Regime Has Left Is Repression
Protesters chant slogans during a protest over the death of Mahsa Amini while in the custody of the morality police, in downtown Tehran, Iran, Sept. 21, 2022 (photo by an individual not employed by the AP and obtained outside Iran, via AP Images).

Women in Iran are taking to the streets to protest the imposition of the headscarf. The protests may not necessarily signal the beginning of the end for the theocratic regime that has held power since 1979. But they highlight the schism between the regime and the Iranian population, and the limits of its hold on society.

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