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Empress Farah Pahlavi: “I am certain that light shall prevail over darkness”

Her Imperial Highness Empress Farah Pahlavi of Iran came Thursday with a new official statement after the demonstrations in Iran.

This statement comes only two days after her first statement on the protest that was published 31 December In this statement, the Empress was sympathising with families who have lost relatives during the demonstrations. “Do suffering people, who demand a better life in a rich country, deserve to be treated in such a way by those who are running the state?” she asked.

Protesters showcase portraits of the Crown Prince. Photo: Iranian royalist movement

“It is now close to 39 years that you have lived with the burden of corruption and suffered the regime’s violence. You have patiently hoped that perhaps the present rulers will awaken to what is right and change their ways so that Iran will resume its deserved position in the world community”, said the Empress in the statement.

The Empress then wrote: “I am convinced that the people of Iran, like the mythical Phoenix, will rise again from the ashes and overcome the current challenges facing them. I am certain that light shall prevail over darkness”.

The Pahlavi-dynasty is highly respected in Iran, and the protesters are of that opinion that the late Shah’s son, Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi, is their leader.

Farah Pahlavi is the widow of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the former ruler of Iran. Mohammad Reza Pahlavi took power following a coup in 1953. Under the Emperors rule, there was a secular and pro-Western rule. Iran experienced a rapid modernisation programme. The current government of Iran came to power following the 1979 Iranian Revolution which saw the Pahlavi dynasty overthrown in favour of a theocratic Islamic state.

Monarchist parties and organisations are strictly prohibited by the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and monarchists and their sympathisers are subject to imprisonment if discovered.

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