Protest, and possible move toward Restoration, in Iran…?

Remarkable developments in Iran! The greatly under-reported protests against government corruption and other social and economic ills have turned sharply political, as Iranians have become increasingly fed-up with life under the mullahs.

In particular, many of the protesters are calling for the return of Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi, son of the deposed Shah, and a presumed Restoration of the Monarchy. Things may be reaching a critical point!

An Iranian friend and contact, well-placed to know what’s going on there and its implications, posted the above video on Facebook and commented,

“Who would have thought – I kept insisting that the most favorable conditions for restoration in any country today is Iran. Here is only one of the many protests calling for the return of Monarchy. This is yesterday – Dec 29, 2017. Chanting “King of Iran – return to Iran”. “Iran without a King = Iran in a mess”. “Reza Shah (Pahlavi) – Bless your soul.”

He further commented,

“The chants and slogans are being increasingly creative by the hour in support of the Monarchy. Empress Farah Pahlavi just issued a statement an hour ago in response to the calls of the people. People are now calling on Prince Reza Pahlavi, the Heir to the Persian throne to return asap.”

Here is the Empress Farah Pahlavi’s statement (in Persian):

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I do not have a full translation, but it includes this: «I am confident that the Iranian nation, which will be [renewed…?] every time, like the Phoenix, will overcome difficulties and that light will overcome the darkness.»

Personally, I would love to see a Restoration. Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi seems to be a good man, dedicated to the well-being of his people, from what I have been able to determine. He also seems to be cautious and circumspect, which may help him to avoid some of the pitfalls of his father, who tried to bring Iran too far forward too fast, and thus incited backlash from Islamic extremists.

Still, Iran under the late Shah was progressive, forward-looking, protected the rights of women and religious minorities, and was friendly toward the West. And its people certainly deserve better than the rule of the mullahs.

Praying for the future of the Iranian people!

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