The ongoing protests against the dictatorship in Iran are mainly organised by the nation’s royalist movements. This was first confirmed by the International Monarchy Conference a few days ago. Several statements have also been published on Twitter from His Imperial Highness Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi II, who is the son of Iran’s last Shah. The Crown Prince has publicly stated that he supports the protests in Iran. The Crown Prince’s mother, Empress Farah Pahlavi, has also made a written statement in which she gives her support to the people of Iran.
International Monarchist Conference reports that in almost all of the protest monarchist slogans are shouted. This has also been confirmed by various French newspapers the recent days. Thousands of people are observed by several independent sources while they are shouting: “Death to Hezbollah, long live Reza, king of kings!”
The Crown Prince said related to the current protest: “The regime’s killings of peaceful protestors and detention of many others in intensifying the Iran protest only strengthen the resolve to press forward for freedom. I call upon the security and armed forces to demonstrate loyalty to the nation and join Iranians in this struggle.”
In the biggest cities of Iran, portraits of Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi II are now displayed within demonstrations, also in Tehran, the capital. The International Monarchy Conference reports that in the Iranian city of Khomeyni Shahr people are chanting: “Reza Shah, god bless you”. It is well known that the Crown Prince believes Iran should return to its old form of government as a monarchy. In April 2017, Royal Central reported that the Crown Prince wanted a new revolution in the country that had the purpose of reintroducing the monarchy.
4 hours ago protesters in #Karaj were chanting: "Shah Bargard, Shah Bargard" which means "Return Shah, Return Shah" (Asking Reza #Pahlavi II to be their king and return Iran). #IranProtests #FreeIran pic.twitter.com/qwdwwYvnRE
— Babak Taghvaee (@BabakTaghvaee) January 3, 2018
Pahlavi’s father, Mohammad Reza Shah, took power following a coup in 1953 engineered by Britain and the United States. Under the Crown Prince’s father’s secular and pro-Western rule, Iran experienced a rapid modernisation programme financed by oil revenues.
The current government of Iran came to power following the 1979 Iranian Revolution which saw the Pahlavi dynasty overthrown in favour of the theocratic Islamic Republic led by the dictator, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. Since then, Iran has followed a conservative, fanatic-religious approach towards domestic and international affairs. The United States, the EU, Israel, Germany and Canada have also said that they support the demonstrations and are paying close attention the situation in Iran.
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.