Widespread demonstrations protesting the deteriorating economic situation continued throughout Iran on Tuesday.

Pictures and video posted to social media and news websites show thousands of demonstrators marching past striking merchants’ shuttered stores – even in Tehran’s central bazaar, a bastion of religious conservatism in the cosmopolitan capital – and closed shops in Kermanshah and Tabriz as well. Police fired tear gas at demonstrators approaching the parliament building in the capital, the BBC and other media outlets reported.

For Professor David Menashri, Founding Director of the Alliance Center for Iranian Studies at Tel Aviv University and a leading expert on Iran, this news has a familiar resonance.

“Two years before the Islamic Revolution, I lived in Iran,” Menashri told The Jerusalem Post. “I saw what was bothering the Iranian people. The country was rich and the people were poor. And it’s repeating now.”

Read the full story from 2018 in The Jerusalem Post.