March 8, 2011
What do Iranians think about the confrontation between pro- and anti-government forces that continues to dominate the country’s political discourse?
Those interviewed also were asked whether they thought protests might escalate or were losing momentum.
Amir, 50, businessman:
“The demonstration on March 1 was in Engelab and Azadi avenues and they were more than I had expected. But the difference was the plainclothes police who were among the groups of demonstrators. … As soon as [the protesters] dared to chant slogans, they were arrested and taken away to the waiting buses. I have watched videos … about the demonstrations in Shiraz and Isfahan and other cities. The demonstrations will be escalating if the suppressive militia lets up and is a bit lenient.”