Calling for Solidarity With the People of Iran, Reza Pahlavi: 'Don't Turn Your Back on the Iranian people, While You Face Our Oppressors'

    PRAGUE, Czech Republic, June 5 /CNW/ -- Attending the 'democracy and
security' conference, hosted by Vaclav Havel, Jose Maria Aznar and Natan
Sharansky, Reza Pahlavi of Iran said, "I have come to Prague to ask for your
solidarity with the people of Iran against a common enemy: Islamist preachers
of intolerance who turn young men and women into walking bombs."
    In remarks delivered after President Bush's address at the conference,
the former jet fighter pilot reiterated his rejecting of war as an option
against his homeland.
    Skeptical with the prospects of diplomacy as a tool to pressure Iran's
theocracy, the forty seven year old Iranian said, "four years of diplomatic
jostling, of economic carrots and sticks, have proven the insensitivity of
theocrats to external pressures."  Instead, he offered the conference the
"untried option of tying external pressures to human rights in Iran, which
would boost the morale of Iranians in their everyday resistance, and encourage
internal pressures that the Iranian regime would really feel."
    Highlighting the clerical regime's failure to deliver "a minimal level of
welfare and freedom," Reza Pahlavi said the regime has driven "Iran's women,
youth, teachers, workers, ethnic groups and many others to resist 'Hizbullahi
stormtroopers' in Iranian cities everyday.   All those courageous Iranians
want is to join the Free World.  The Free World must respond."
    "As an Iranian who has dedicated my life to help bring representative
democracy to my homeland, the message I carry to you from Iranians inside my
homeland is:  As you face our oppressors, do not turn your back to us.  We are
your best friends in the struggle against a common enemy, the enemy of peace
on earth," he said.
    Opposition leader to Iran's clerical regime, Reza Pahlavi has rejected
the option of war against his homeland, instead drawing attention to the mass
discontent in Iran against a regime that is ripe to fall.  Reza Pahlavi is an
advocate of a non-violent campaign of civil disobedience as a method of
defiance to the ruling theocracy.  Iran's former crown prince, Reza Pahlavi is
an author, a husband and father to three daughters.

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