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Iranian government relies on loyal supporters as bulwark against protests

By Benoit Faucon

27 Dec 2022 · 5 min read

Iran's government is counting on thousands of supporters to stop a three-month-old protest movement, the WSJ reports. But as the death toll mounts on both sides, their loyalty is facing a major test.

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When Revolutionary Guard member Mohammed Zareh Mowaydi was killed fighting Iranian protesters last month, the military broadcast footage of his body, with a cleric holding up the dead man’s right hand—rough from years as a farmer.

“Show us your palms,” the cleric shouted, addressing protest supporters. “You, who claim to free our people, are your palms covered in calluses, too?”

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