CNN | February 12, 2011
By Phil Gast
Now analysts, and a world suddenly focused on the region, are wondering whether those winds will continue blowing east into Iran and bring real democratic change or, instead, amount to only a whisper.
A year and a half after the Iranian regime brutally suppressed the so-called Green Movement, a new test of its openness to reform and patience may come Monday.
The government — which Friday said the toppling of President Hosni Mubarak in Egypt “joyfully” coincided with the anniversary of Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution — has rounded up activists after Iran’s two leading opposition figures called for a rally Monday in support of the uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East.
From all appearances, the regime is not about to loosen its grip.