Prince Reza Pahlavi calls for a general strike and sanctions against Iran

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The Prince Reza Pahlavi calls for a general strike and sanctions against Iran

In exile since 43, he speaks of a new revolutionary era in Iran, this time with support for women's rights.

Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi speaks with journalist Azeb Wolde-Giorghis.

At 61, Prince Reza Pahlavi sees the popular uprising in Iran as the beginning of the end of the mullahs' regime.

In exile since the fall of the Shah's regime in 1979, he watches with hope the current wave of protests in his country, which was sparked by the tragic death of Mahsa Amini.

“There is no precedent for this. We have often seen movements in Iran over the past four decades, but this time it is something else entirely. Beyond demonstrations or protests, this is a demand for real change. People can't take it anymore.

— Reza Pahlavi

Why would it be different this time compared to the revolution green inIran in 2009?

It's a whole different situation. The green movement questioned the outcome of the elections. There was talk of electoral fraud to the detriment of the opposition candidate, Hossein Mousavi, against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. This movement did not question the regime.

Today, the idea of ​​reforming the regime has been totally abandoned by the majority of reformists. There is beginning to be a convergence for a change in Iran and for the total end of the current regime so that it is replaced by a representative government where the sovereignty of the nation is guaranteed, where the Constitution in the context of human rights the person and of all freedoms is applied. This requires a coalition of all Iranian political forces.

And what is your role to you?

My role is based on the influence I have on my compatriots and the trust they have in me. My role is to be a facilitator in the interests of the nation to break free. Our duty today is to support this movement and to be its spokesperson on an international scale. The question is no longer “if” the regime will fall but rather “when” the regime will fall.

How do you see the role of the international community?

I don't do not see a commitment on his part in the post-regime. Most governments, including the Canadian government, are stuck in the present. They must anticipate that this regime may fall at any time.

Have we worked hard enough on the workaround? This solution will not happen by miracle. The only winning scenario is dialogue between free countries and Iranian secular democratic forces to facilitate a transition and to minimize human casualties. In the meantime, the international community must exert more pressure through sanctions.

Are you part of the solution > spare with a return of the monarchy?

I never thought of a role. My only mission is to help free my people. Once free, he will be able to decide his future, and that will be the end of my mandate and my responsibilities towards my country.

I can't reconcile, in my thinking, the rationale for a transition of power based on a hereditary argument. The reason I don't want has nothing to do with the institution. I wish I could have an impact, I wish I could argue. As soon as we are in a position like that of Queen Elizabeth, we are systematically muzzled. We cannot give our personal opinion because it can be interpreted as interference. I don't see myself in that role. I see myself more as an advocate for the people.

Do you propose a total overhaul of the political system in< /strong> Iran?

We are a diverse, multilingual, multi-ethnic, multi-religious people, but everyone can find their place in a State with a real democratic Constitution, with a real separation between religion and State, where all the elements in the Universal Declaration of human rights are respected. We are looking for the same values ​​as the Canadians, the Americans, the French. We want to work with everyone.

If we have water problems, surely the best specialists are Israelis. Ahmadinejad, who wants to wipe Israel off the map, is not going to serve our interests. Why is the West compromising with this regime which is against Western values? Where are all these feminist movements to support Iranian women? Where are the movements that support the rights of the LGBTQ community?

It's not just repression and human rights abuses in Iran. It is also the impact that this regime is having in the region in terms of exporting terrorism and virulent religious Islam [which is problematic and] which worries a large number of countries. saturated with migrants arriving in their territory.

It is possible to solve the problem of migrants, that of Iranian nuclear blackmail as well as the energy fear since Putin can turn off the tap at any time before winter. All this is linked to the Iranian regime. We could solve all these problems thanks to the disappearance of this regime.

After 43 years of exile, what is your personal feeling about the state of the country?

It's an emotional roller coaster. At the same time, I see in all this a process of political maturity. Iranian youth today has nothing to do with Iranian youth 40 years ago. We are sometimes discouraged, but we are proud. I am proud. The people have paid too much and have had enough. So we do what we can, everything we can. I have hope that they will succeed, I know they will succeed. It's a matter of time.

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