Show Trials Not Playing Well With Iranian Public

Iran’s hard-line government continues to parade groups of opposition figures through a Tehran courtroom as part of a nationally televised trial in which they are accused of trying to foment a revolution against the Islamic republic with the help of the U.S. and other foreign powers.

The government is prosecuting members of the opposition movement who maintained that Iran’s June 12 election was stolen by loyalists of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
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Early in the process, government prosecutors read from lengthy indictments intended to link the protesters to activities fomented allegedly by the CIA. Many of the accused have offered public confessions in which they admitted to “mistakes,” ranging from teaching modern political concepts to meeting with foreign groups, such as the democracy-encouraging Soros Foundation.


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