Revolutions are difficult to forecast. Unexpected and unplanned events frequently light long fuses of simmering political and economic unrest. Few believed that the American Revolution would begin with a few troubled farmers on Lexington Green or that the French Revolution would be sparked by a disorganized mob that freed a few criminals from the Bastille. An unremarkable fruit vendor from Tunisia committed suicide, which ignited the Arab Spring. Mahsa Amini, 22, was arrested and later killed for refusing to wear a headscarf, which may have signaled the start of Iran’s next revolution.
Many Iranians now live in poverty as a result of economic mismanagement and Western economic sanctions. According to statistics provided by their own government, 60% of Iranians currently live below the poverty line, which is set at just $55 per person per month. The Iranian rial hit an all-time low of 440,000 to the US dollar last month, and inflation is currently running at 50% per year. dollar. The currency conversion rate in 1979 was 75 rials to the dollar.