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Protest activity and strikes in Iran will likely increase from November 15 to 17, according to the Critical Threats Project (CTP). Organizers have reiterated calls for protests and countrywide strikes on these days and also urged citizens to not pay their utility bills, it reports:
Social media accounts published videos on November 14 claiming to depict protesters traveling from Tabriz, East Azerbaijan to Tehran to demonstrate and “conquer” Tehran.[ii] Other protesters have used similar rhetoric in recent days, calling for citizens to conquer a main Tehran highway during the upcoming protests, as CTP previously reported.[iii]
The scenes of widespread domestic unrest are familiar to Ray Takeyh, Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, who lived through the Iranian Revolution. Six factors are working against the regime that bear similarity to the 1978-79 Revolution and have the potential to produce lasting change today, he told Duke’s American Grand Strategy program:
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