Opposition on Iran's anniversary

A time of festivities has been overshadowed by ongoing political tensions.

    The anniversary of Iran's Islamic revolution has traditionally been an time for the country's leaders and people to demonstrate support for the government. 
       
    Thirty-one years ago, communist, nationalist and Islamic parties united to oust Mohammad-Reza Shah Pahlavi, a ruler they criticsed for being pro-Western and despotic.

    After he was sent into exile, the Islamic republic was formed and a new government was brought in under the leadership of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

    Last year's disputed presidential election, however, has highlighted significant political divisions in the country and sparked widespread opposition protests.

    In the past eight months, Iran has seen some of the most violent clashes between the people and the government since the 1979 revolution. 

    What was supposed to be a time of festivities for Iran, has been overshadowed by rising tensions as opposition groups have threatened to use the anniversary for anti-government demonstrations.

    Al Jazeera's Nazanin Sadri reports. 

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Why some African Americans are moving to Africa

    Escaping systemic racism: Why I quit New York for Accra

    African-Americans are returning to the lands of their ancestors as life becomes precarious and dangerous in the USA.

    Why Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel

    Why Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel

    No country in the world recognises Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

    North Korea's nuclear weapons: Here is what we know

    North Korea's nuclear weapons