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    With Brutal Crackdown, Iran Convulsed by Worst Unrest in 40 Years

    With Brutal Crackdown, Iran Convulsed by Worst Unrest in 40 Years

    What started as a protest over a surprise increase in gasoline prices turned into widespread demonstrations met with a systematic repression that left at least 180 people dead.

    By Farnaz Fassihi and Rick Gladstone
    Dec. 1, 2019
    Updated 8:09 p.m. ET

    Iran is experiencing its deadliest political unrest since the Islamic Revolution 40 years ago, with at least 180 people killed — and possibly hundreds more — as angry protests have been smothered in a government crackdown of unbridled force.

    It's over already.

    Altogether, from 180 to 450 people, and possibly more, were killed in four days of intense violence after the gasoline price increase was announced on Nov. 15, with at least 2,000 wounded and 7,000 detained, according to international rights organizations, opposition groups and local journalists.

    It started with a 50 percent gas price increase. It ended with a bloody and brutal crackdown. We're just hearing about it now because Iran shut down outside communication during the crackdown.

    Only now, nearly two weeks after the protests were crushed — and largely obscured by an internet blackout in the country that was lifted recently — have details corroborating the scope of killings and destruction started to dribble out.

    Tanks in the streets.

    Translated from Persian by Google
    By connecting to the Internet at #ماهشهر , Bitter news of intensity #سرکوب And human tragedy comes from there. From conquering the city with tanks to bleeding into the surgical district and the smell of corpses. What you hear in the news is a thousandth of a catastrophe, says Rafiqi of Mahshahr. Here you are #جنگی_آخرالزمانی Was.

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    The true journalist strikes again. For those who care about context, rioting, burning banks, or otherwise disrupting the economy to a serious extent would also be met with martial law and 'brutal crackdowns' in any Western country.

    Iran (and Hong Kong) have actually been rather restrained for some time. If people were burning down hundreds of Bank of America branches, shooting to maintain order would start almost immediately.
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    I think someone should start a thread about the multiple riots and demonstrations happening in countries on almost every continent right now. The marvels of social media I guess.
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    I will always wonder what Iran would be like today if we had not turned our back on the protestors that had the regime teetering back in 2009.

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