Iran’s Hard-Liners Crack Down as Their Base of Support Narrows

Iran’s Hard-Liners Crack Down as Their Base of Support Narrows
Iranians in line at a polling station during the parliamentary and Assembly of Experts elections, Qom, Feb. 26, 2016 (AP photo by Ebrahim Noroozi).

There is a crackdown underway in Iran. But it is no longer just a crackdown on dissent. Rather it is an attempt to crush views or expressions that depart from the insular and rigid worldview of an increasingly small band of hard-liners. It is not opposition parties, secularists or even reformists that are the latest targets of repression, but longtime insiders and scions of the Islamic Republic; a conservative and clerically vetted president and his administration; and revered cultural figures whose music, art and writings have long been the pride of Iranians. These are the new targets of repression, and […]

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