Since protests began in Iran last September, opponents both at home and in exile have tried to organize factions and broader political coalitions in hopes of forming a common front against the mullahs. Never really succeeding, in particular because of differences, sometimes very deep, on some issues, including the method of political administration in the event of the overthrow of the mullahs (with monarchists opposed to the republicans).

But also for reasons related to the gulf between adversaries from within and those living abroad, the lack of coordination between them – exacerbated by power – and each other’s selfishness.

“Everyone acts alone”

For the regime-friendly press, it is the lack of support and funding from the West, which underlies the collapse of the protest and the fragmentation of the opposition, that she considers final.