Shah’s son backs civil disobedience in Iran

LONDON — Iran’s former crown prince backed a campaign of “civil disobedience and non-violence” Saturday to oust the government in Tehran and urged Western support, but warned against any armed intervention.

“The end of the apartheid regime in South Africa, of military juntas in South America, of the former Soviet Union — all of it came at the hands of the people of those nations themselves,” Reza Pahlavi told the Daily Telegraph.

“None of this could have happened without foreign support, but that is not the same as an occupying army that comes in and changes a regime — I don’t see how that can ever be legitimate.”

The son of the late shah added: “Change must come to Iran by civil disobedience and non-violence, I stress that. We can’t have change at any cost… what happens must be the will of the people.”


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