Is austerity really to blame for Iran protests?

Is austerity really to blame for Iran protests?Despite demonstrators chanting provocative slogans against Iran’s Islamic rulers, analysts say the roots of the current protests lie in the same anger at economic austerity that has roiled many countries. Deadly unrest has broken out across the country after demonstrations began in the second city of Mashhad on Thursday. “It can be an uncomfortable idea for some people to treat Iran the same as other countries,” said Esfandyar Batmanghelidj, an analyst and founder of the Europe-Iran Business Forum.

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