Iranian authorities granted Hossein Moussavi a permit to host a memorial gathering at a Teheran mosque to honor one the Islamic Revolution’s early martyrs. He turned the memorial into a political protest at which several thousand turned out in black to mourn the martyrs of Teheran Spring. As usual, a peaceful march was turned into a brawl by violent security forces who broke bones and beat elderly women, among other protestors.
It’s premature to say that the protest phase of this campaign is over. I think what is likely is that the movement will become opportunistic. Whenever moments of opening arise, it will exploit them to voice a new protest. And when the regime makes another egregious error as it did in stealing the election, the protest will resume with renewed force and ferocity. Iran has not seen the last of Moussavi nor the last of street protests like this one. And though the streets may go quiet for a time, it is only a matter of time before the battle erupts anew.