WASHINGTON, DC – Iranian protesters were attacked with electric prods and tear gas by police as crowds of demonstrators swelled to the tens of thousands in Tehran Monday. The protests were the biggest in Iran in a year, The Wall Street Journal’s reports, and made greater demands than the rallies in 2009 and early 2010 in response to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s reelection. This time, people want not just Ahmadinejad gone, but also Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
The Iranian government has tried to align itself with the pan-Arab protests that have brought down Tunisia’s Zine el Abidine Ben Ali and Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak. But even the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood doesn’t want Iran on its side–its spokesman rejected Khamenei’s stateme… >>>