Unease, anger in Tehran’s Grand Bazaar, Iran’s beating heart

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Unease and anger are gripping those in Tehran’s Grand Bazaar, which serves of the beating economic and political heart of Iran.

It shows the dangers ahead for the government of the relative moderate President Hassan Rouhani.

Rouhani’s signature nuclear deal with world powers now has become a noose around his neck that hard-liners gleefully tighten. Meanwhile, the sporadic and leaderless protests the nation has seen over its worsening economy threaten to roar back to life at any time.

While some now go to the Western-style mega-malls of Tehran’s tony northern suburbs, the Grand Bazaar’s narrow alleys, cramped stalls and wandering musicians still draw crowds of thousands.

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