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Iran’s protests show up the hypocrisy of the West

by Viv Smith
Issue No. 2239

Protests for change have erupted in Iran—and are facing government repression.

Riot police killed a protester when they opened fire on thousands of protesters in Tehran, the capital, on Monday.

Protesters are vowing to stay on the streets.

A key chant is, “Death to the dictator”—referring to Iran’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei and president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

The protests have exposed the West’s hypocrisy.

US secretary of state Hillary Clinton praised the “courage” and “aspirations” of protesters, calling on them to follow Egypt. Britain’s foreign secretary William Hague has done the same.

These are the same rulers who wrung their hands and mumbled about democracy as millions of Egyptians took to the streets against Mubarak—a key ally of the West in the Middle East.

Clinton supports the the Egyptian military as they clamp down on strikes and protests.

She wants Iran to be a “colour” revolution like those the US aided in the Ukraine and Lebanon. She wants a Western-friendly regime, not an anti-US one.

The US does not want a popular revolution from below. But millions in Iran do not trust the US, as it backed Iran’s former dictator, the Shah.

Egypt has inspired people in Iran.

Their movement can go forward in an anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist direction.

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