The Assembly of Experts, headed by former President Rafsanjani, have expressed its full support of Ayatollah Khamenei's statement on Friday. That means, I think, that those in the streets are being abandoned by many at the elite level of this struggle for Iran's soul. I hope I'm wrong about this, and there may be other drivers of what happens next in this conflict. But one rule of these kinds of revolutions is that momentum and defections are key. I wish we had heard something directly from Rafsanjani.
One of Nico Pitney's readers says this is not what it seems:
I just wanted to point out that the letter of support written by assembly of experts in support of Khamenei's sermon is only signed by the deputy leader of the assembly, who is a former head of the judiciary and a staunch supporter of ahmadinejad, as well as a rival of Rafsanjani for the assembly's leadership election. He is the only one signing the letter and the government sponsored news media are reporting it as a letter from the full assembly.