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Iran Cracks Down on Protests, Heralds Uranium Advance – WSJ.com

February 12, 2010

The regime does repression very well,” said Karim Sadjadpour, an Iran expert at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington. He said the opposition may have built up expectations to unrealistic levels with a succession of massive rallies. The opposition’s next steps aren’t clear but with protests marginalized Thursday, they will have to consider more innovative tactics, Mr. Sadjadpour said. “They have to go beyond street protests.”

Since the election, Iranian human-rights organizations have said that more than a thousand people have been arrested. Hundreds of students, activists and lawyers have lost their jobs or been prevented from continuing their education. Thousands more have fled Iran because of security concerns. Courts have handed down a handful of death sentences related to previous protests, and conservative clerics have called for more. In recent weeks, the government threatened grave consequences for those who turned out to protest Thursday.

“A lot of people are scared, and we don’t know what to expect anymore,” said one opposition supporter, reached by phone. “But we are not giving up on our demands.”

via Iran Cracks Down on Protests, Heralds Uranium Advance – WSJ.com.

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