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Published on Sep 21, 2011
Iran's opposition Green Movement grew out of public anger at suspected voter fraud in the June 12, 2009, presidential election, leading to demands for new elections. The movement was fueled by widespread Internet access that allowed disparate groups to connect through social networking, as well as by a youth bulge, rising youth unemployment, and women's issues. The Ahmadinejad regime suppressed the uprising with brutal crackdowns on demonstrators, and the Green Movement has since struggled to regroup.
This video is part of Crisis Guide: Iran, a Council on Foreign Relations multimedia interactive feature which traces Iran's history, ambitions as a regional power, and its controversial nuclear program. The full Crisis Guide: Iran will be available on October 3, 2011 at: www.cfr.org/iranguide