Nobel Prize-winning human rights activist Shirin Ebadi said that the backtracking in Iran is unprecedented, and an indication of real fear on the part of the authorities, CBC reported.
Together with the spread of the protests, and the fierce response, there's a hint change is afoot, she told CBC in an exclusive interview.
"The latest wave of protests is a prelude to the collapse of the regime," Ebadi, said.
"A collapse is a process, and takes time: It could be short-term, it could be long-term. But the gap between the regime and the people is far too deep now to be healed," she added.