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Will an opposition leader emerge in Iran protests? Outrage over injustice defies violent crackdowns.

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People protest in Washington, D.C. on October 1, 2022 in memory of Mahsa Amini, who died in Tehran, Iran under suspicious circumstances in law enforcement custody.

Despite violent crackdowns, anti-government protests in Iran continue to persist. As country-wide demonstrations enter the fourth consecutive week, Northeastern University experts weigh in on the regime’s uncompromising response, the role of students who joined the protests at the beginning of October, and what is important for any protests to succeed.

There appears to be no organizing force or leadership behind the current Iranian protests, says Gordana Rabrenovic, associate professor of sociology and director of the Brudnick Center on Violence and Conflict at Northeastern, and that could be problematic in terms of accomplishing change.

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