>> More than a week of anti-government protests in Iran now shows signs of abating. While the government showed it strength Friday in another rally by supporters. A fierce crack down, over 22 people were killed and more than 1,000 arrested, may have worked for Tehran for now. But the economic frustrations that ignited the protests won't go away overnight.
60% of Iranians are under 30, and millions are jobless. Reuters Iran correspondent Parisa Hafezi says the protesters were focused on hardship, unlike during the last major anti-government rallies a decade ago.>> The current unrest looks different. So far the middle class has been more witness than participant. The protest first intensified in the small religious towns and mainly working class, young Iranians have ignored demands like freedom of speech and social and political freedom.
>> Still, the protests have turned up the heat on President Hassan Rouhani.>>
> His hard-line rivals and many Iranians blame him for failing to improve living standards, even though most sanctions have been lifted under a 2015 nuclear deal.>> The rash of unrest has given Rouhani's government a sense of urgency, but the process will be neither quick nor easy.
Iran's labor laws should be overhauled. Subsidies and business contracts are as political as they are economic. This means that more demonstrations are bound to pop up along the way. He might turn into a lame duck president.>> The government has now suspended the plans that sparked the protests, which were to hike fuel prices and cut cash handouts.
But with some protestors calling for regime change, that's unlikely to suffice for long.