Shah's Son Says Iran Unrest Threatens Clerical Rule
Post-election demonstrations in Iran this weekend led to the deaths of 10 demonstrators and the arrest of protestors and journalists. Today, fmr. Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi spoke on the political unrest in Iran’s ruling clerical class at a National Press Club event.
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Son of Iranian Shah Breaks into Tears, Calls Regime 'Sinking Titanic'
Posted: 06/22/09- SHARE
The son of the late Shah of Iran, Reza Pahlavi, broke down into tears Monday morning at the National Press Club as he struggled to get through a speech calling for democracy and respect for human rights in his home country. Even as Pahlavi spoke, American news reports detailed continuing attacks by Iranian police against demonstrators in Tehran.
Several minutes into his speech, which called for solidarity against the current Iranian regime, Pahlavi said, "No one, no one will benefit from closing his or her eyes to knives and cables cutting into faces and mouths of our young and old..." Overcome by emotion, he paused, looked down at his remarks and reached for a glass of water beside his podium. Trying to continue, he said, "...or from bullets piercing our beloved Nada..." According to news reports, "Nada," or Neda Agha Soltan, is a young woman who was killed by Iranian police at a protest in Tehran on Saturday. Video of her killing has spread across the web and her name has become a rallying cry in the calls for democracy in Iran.
Pahlavi again paused and put a handkerchief to his mouth to muffle a cry.
As applause began in the room, Pahlavi wiped tears from his eyes, and went on, "whose only sin was to quest for freedom -- no one but tyrants and their thugs. Do not let them define what is disrespect for sovereignty, what is interference in others' affairs.
"Once composed, Pahlavi went on to say that the fighting in Iran is for "the sanctity, even the sovereignty, of the ballot box," and spoke out specifically against the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic, who gave support to the Iranian regime last week. "He stood as a dam in front of this movement, sanctioning theft of the ballot box and flagrant fraud, all in the name of Islam," Pahlavi said. "It was an ugly moment of disrespect for God and man. It will not stand."Pahlavi is the successor to the throne of the Iranian dynasty, but has lived in exile from Iran since 1979 when his family's monarchy was overthrown during the Iranian revolution. He now lives in the United States with his family and spends much of his time speaking out against the Iranian Islamic government.During a question-and-answer session with reporters following his speech today, Pahlavi described the current Iranian government as a "sinking Titanic" and issued a plea to supporters on behalf of Iranians inside the country, who he said have contacted him by the hundreds. "Do not quiet down. Keep talking. Keep supporting us. Keep being there for us. We are dying here. We need to know we are not alone."Pahlavi's comments about Neda begin at 0:50 below...
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درود به روان جان باختگان راه آزاد یبه مردم دلیر سرزمینم،
يکشنبه 31 خرداد 1388
سردار علي فضلي، معاون سابق عمليات فرمانده كل سپاه پاسداران که فرماندهي سپاه سيدالشهداي استان تهران را به عهده داشت به علت سرپيچي از فرمان سرکوب و کشتار مردم برکنار شد . سردار فضلي با وجود آن که عصر روز جمعه دستوري مبني بر تجهيز کامل نيروهاي تحت امر خود به منظور استقرار در خيابانها و سرکوب مردم دريافت کرده بود، روز شنبه کمترين همکاري را با دستور فرمانده کل قوا داشت و همين امر باعث شد صبح امروز وي از اين سمت برکنار شود . همچنين نيروهاي کادري و رسمي سپاه حاضر به مشارکت در سرکوبها نشده اند و فرماندهان ارشد ناگزير از نيروهاي حفاظت اطلاعات سپاه و نيروهاي غيررسمي استفاده ميکنند.