Faced with protests from Iran, the regime uses brute force but secretly appeals to moderates

As anti-government protests swept across Iran last month, its top leaders made a secret appeal to two of the Islamic Republic’s founding families, the moderate Rafsanjani and Khomeini clans that hardliners had forced from power. said sources close to the talks.

Iranian national security chief Ali Chamkhani, asked the representatives of the families to speak out publicly to calm the unrest. If that happened, he said, liberalization measures sought by protesters could follow, the people said.


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