By Yasaman Baji, Tehran (Source: Mianeh)

Many Iranians who are sympathetic towards the opposition Green Movement hesitate to participate in the protests staged since last June’s disputed re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad because they fear the alternative could be worse.

They may have voted for opposition leaders Mehdi Karroubi or Mir Hossein Mousavi but they refrain from supporting the demonstrations out of concern about the weakening of Iran’s central government and the possibility of foreign involvement in the country’s affairs.

Some of these silent protesters are both passive and pessimistic and did not vote at all or did so only at the urging of family and friends. This is because they did not believe that voting would make anything better. They still do not believe that the protests will produce a positive outcome.

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