Iranian Uprising of 2009 Custom Essay

Introduction The Iranian uprising of 2009 was as a result of the alleged election fraud that brought President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad back to power. The protests took place in various cities in Iran with Tehran being the epicenter in support of opposition candidates, Mehdi Karoubi and Mir-Hossein Mousavi (Al Jazeera English, 2009). The regime responded to these demonstrations by using the police and the Basij Militia leading to the death of 36 people according to government reports, but supporters of the opposition candidates claimed that at least 72 people died. Although the supreme leader of Iran Ayatollah Ali Khamenei praised the high voter turnout and urged the country to unite, he later ordered an audit of the election results. Many thought that the uprising will lead to a revolution to remove president Ahmedinajad from power, but if failed to have far reaching effects on Iranian society. In essence, the uprising was by professionals and students who felt that the current regime was stifling press freedom and human rights, and also endangering Iranian security by pursuing its quest for nuclear energy, which led to its isolation by the international community.