Iran protests reveal "seething discontent"

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Photo: Mikhail Svetlov / Getty Images

Iranians in several major cities took to the streets this week in protests stemming "from seething discontent in Iran," the BBC reports. The protests started over the state of the economy, but quickly became "a general outcry against clerical rule and government policies."

Why it matters: These are the most widespread protests since those in 2009 and political protests are rare in Iran where "security services are omnipresent," per Reuters.