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Confronting Iran protests, regime uses brute force but secretly appeals to moderates

By Benoit Faucon and David S. Cloud

22 Nov 2022 · 8 min read

Before the protests, Iran’s hardliners purged moderates and reformists from government. It sounds counterintuitive, but this is now making it harder for the hardliners to keep power. The WSJ explains.

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As antigovernment protests swept across Iran last month, its top leaders made a secret appeal to two of the Islamic Republic’s founding families, the moderate Rafsanjani and Khomeini clans that hard-liners had pushed out of power, said people familiar with the talks.

Iran’s national-security chief, Ali Shamkhani, asked representatives of the families to speak out publicly to calm the unrest. If that happened, he said, liberalizing measures sought by demonstrators could follow, the people said.

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