Huge counter-demonstrations have taken place against the protests in Iran with the head of the Revolutionary Guards declaring victory against forces of sedition which had sought to create anarchy, insecurity and intrigue in the Islamic Republic.
As what was described by the state media as the revolutionary outburst of Iranian people against lawbreakers took place in towns and cities, General Mohammad Ali Jafari announced that units of the Guards had been deployed in the three provinces of Isfahan, Lorestan and Hamadan, which had been the main centres of the demonstrations.
However, the week of marches and rallies which led to violence with 21 dead and more than 450 arrested has exposed deep divisions in the country which are likely to resurface. There are concerns that interference by the Trump administration may exacerbate political and economic situations in the future.
There is growing evidence that the days of upheaval were the result not just of economic hardship but the long-running power-struggle between hardliners and reformists, with groups outside the country attempting to exploit the violence.
It has emerged that Ayatollah Ahmad Alamolhoda, the father-in-law of Ali Raisi, the hardline candidate who lost in last years presidential campaign to the reformist Hassan Rouhani, has been ordered to appear before Irans National Security Council to...