Opposition in Iran Meets a Crossroads on Strategy

By: Robert F. Worth, NYTimes.com

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Many of Iran’s opposition supporters expected last Thursday to be a moment of climactic triumph, with calls for a vast street protest on the 31st anniversary of the country’s Islamic Revolution.

Instead, the day set off a flood of self-criticism by the opposition. The protest was disappointingly small — constrained by arrests, intimidation and simple crowd control — and overshadowed by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s boasts about Iran’s nuclear program.

Now, dejected opposition supporters are re-examining their tactics and struggling to find a new catalyst for a movement that emerged with astonishing power just eight months ago, after the disputed presidential election.

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