IRAN: Fading Fervor

Khomeini is challenged but still in charge

"God, tell me it's a bad dream," sobbed the woman as she bent over her badly wounded husband in downtown Tehran. The couple had been among the more than 100,000 people who took to the streets last Sunday to protest the closure of the popular daily Ayandegan by the increasingly repressive rule of Ayatullah Ruhollah Khomeini. As they marched, they chanted slogans denouncing the "regime's encroachments on the people's fundamental liberties." Suddenly, sacks of fine earth were flung into the air by bands of marauding...

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