Discussion posted by: Johnf44
Two months ago, when Iranian security forces brutally and swiftly clamped down on protests that were sweeping Iran, Samira Heshemi thought nothing could drown out cries for revolt in a nation reeling with economic hardship and deepening animosity toward a regime that has long repressed its citizens. The 27-year-old Tehran-based writer, who had just started a business, felt that change was on the horizon. It was the moment she had spent years waiting for. But it was short lived. The U.S. drone strike that killed Gen. Qassem Suleimani — the consequences of which are reverberating across the Middle East — has stifled the momentum for rebellion in Iran. “Because of the Suleimani death, people are kind of turning their back on the protesters and [supporting] the government,” she said.