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The massive new ✊protests in 🇮🇷Iran, explained


The demonstrations began as small gatherings protesting a slow economy in Mashhad, Iran’s second-largest city; over the past week, they’ve morphed into a wave of major demonstrations in which ordinary Iranians are often heard calling for a revolution against the country’s theocratic government.

But this massive movement — one with the potential to reshape the Middle East — has a pretty mundane cause. “It started over a protest over the price of eggs, believe it or not,” says Hussein Banai, a professor at Indiana University who studies Iran.

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