As Iran battles dissent at home and abroad, hundreds of thousands of people showed their support for the government today.
Iranians took to the streets of Tehran to mark the 31st anniversary of the revolution that created the Islamic republic.
Geneive Abdo joins Daljit Dhaliwal for more on today’s events in Iran and its continuing nuclear defiance on the nuclear issue.
Abdo is an Iran specialist with the Century Foundation and editor of the Web site InsideIran.org. She discusses the size and strength of the opposition in Iran and explains the restrictive measures taken by the Iranian government.
Officially-sanctioned anniversary rallies were punctuated by the customary “Death to America” and “Death to Israel.”
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad highlighted Iran’s ability to enrich uranium to a level closer to atomic bomb-making capacity.
Despite a massive security crackdown, there were also protests by opposition groups.
Severe restrictions on journalists made reporting on the protests difficult. However, in this report Nazanine Moshiri of Al Jazeera English was able to cover the official demonstrations in Tehran.
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