It’s 7:14 a.m. Monday in Tehran. It promises to be a fascinating day.
Over the weekend authorities arrested the daughter and four other relatives of ex-President Hashemi Rafsanjani, still a powerful figure among the ruling class. The backstage struggle between clerics, and even fellow ayatollahs, intensifies — a hopeful sign for reformists.
On Twitter word spreads of a general strike, with citizens told to stock up on medicines and supplies. We’ll know soon if the organizers were successful.
Of course many of them are in jail — some arrested while seeking medical treatment.
Security officers filled the streets of Tehran Sunday, and for the first time in a week no rallies were held. But overnight the sounds of revolution grew louder.
The BBC’s Jeremy Bowen, in Tehran, says many residents of northern Tehran could be heard shouting from the rooftops “death to the dictator” and “Allahu akbar” on Sunday evening.
The chants have become a popular form of protest, and our correspondents say men, women and children joined in and Sunday’s chanting was much louder than on previous days.