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The protests in Iran will continue as long as demands of people remain unsatisfied, Northeastern experts say

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In this photo taken by an individual not employed by the Associated Press and obtained by the AP outside Iran, Iranians protests the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini after she was detained by the morality police last month, in Tehran, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022.

The protests in Iran over the death of a young woman in police custody will continue as long as the demands of the people remain unsatisfied, according to several Northeastern experts.

“We are talking about a population that has been mobilizing, sometimes extremely successfully, for 130 years, if not more,” said Ilham Khuri-Makdisi, associate professor of history. “They no longer are asking for reforms, but they want to change the regime and they want a revolution.”

They are reclaiming the whole notion of revolution, seizing and taking it away from the rhetoric and the discourse, and the language of the Iranian state, she said.

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