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Iranians take growing discontent to the streets

Iranian protesters shout slogans during a demonstration in central Tehran on June 25, 2018.
Iranian protesters during a demonstration in central Tehran on June 25, 2018. Photo: Atta Kenare/AFP via Getty Images

Iranians protesting government policies have shut down parts of the Tehran Grand Bazaar. Social media posts showed Iranian merchants gathering outside the parliament building yesterday chanting anti-regime slogans. The protests, which began in the capital, have reportedly spread to several other towns, with other bazaars shuttering on Tuesday.

Why it matters: Protests in any Iranian bazaar, but especially Tehran’s, carry tremendous political weight. In 1978–1979, Tehran bazaar strikes were instrumental in bringing down the U.S.–allied Shah, and could now signal further unrest.