The political turmoil in Iran continues to unfold. Hundreds of demonstrators were imprisoned following the street protests last month, and their treatment in the weeks since the disputed presidential election is now the subject of intense international scrutiny.
Iran’s official media reported on Wednesday that 20 of those detained will be put on trial as early as this weekend.
Though the protests were overwhelmingly peaceful, in some cases even silent, the demonstrators are accused by the Iranian authorities of carrying out bombings, and of attacking Basiji paramilitary forces — the very forces who repeatedly attacked them.
Ervand Abrahamian, a distinguished professor of history at City University of New York, joins Martin Savidge to discuss the fate of political prisoners.