On Wednesday, it was another day of violence on the streets of Tehran, with reports of beatings — and at least one shooting — after demonstrators defied a government ban and gathered outside Iran’s parliament building.
There were other signs that the government’s position towards the protestors is hardening. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appeared on state television and stated empathically, again, that there would be no new presidential election. In an effort to portray business as usual, Iranian authorities allowed reporters to attend President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s first official meeting in Iran since the controversial election.
Afshin Molavi, a fellow with the New America Foundation and the author of “The Soul of Iran,” joins Martin Savidge to discuss what role the U.S. and other countries can play in ending Iran’s conflict and how the protests may evolve.