The tensions between Rouhani and extremists over internal policy has been escalated even more. Today Rouhani used his strongest language up to now and harshly slammed conservatives.
For a brief history to those who don’t know: There was a protest in front of the Ministry of Interior asking for further and harsher restrictions on hijab, and then some young people were arrested over an internet video, and Rouhani reacted negatively. Since then the tension has escalated between Rouhani and conservatives who ask for further restrictions.
But there were more things I haven’t mentioned in blogs. Last week Rouhani escalated things himself. He said in a speech (via Al-Monitor):