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Exiled Prince Describes Islamic Republic As An 'Alien Cult' On Eve Of Revolution Anniversary

Prince Reza Pahlavi, former Crown Prince of Iran, speaks about current events in Iran at the Hudson Institute in Washington, January 15, 2020

While the Islamic Republic is preparing to celebrate the 41st anniversary of the 1979 revolution, the heir to the last Shah of Iran, Prince Reza Pahlavi has described the rulers of the clergy-dominated country as an "alien cult" composed of "criminals", "thieves" who are "doomed."

The Islamic Republic is set to celebrate the revolution on February 11 and present itself as the linchpin of unified Iran.

The Prince, who lives in exile in the U.S. said in a new message, "The usurpers of Iran are set to cover up their latest criminal act and massacre of the people in November by holding a farcical show."

The mid-November anti-regime protests in more than 100 cities across Iran was brutally suppressed by security forces, backed by anti-riot Special Units, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, and armed plainclothesmen.

The uprising, triggered by an overnight three-fold increase in gasoline prices, soon turned into widespread demonstrations against the establishment's policies in 29 out of 31 provinces in the country.

Data collected by Reuters show that up to 1,500 were killed during the four-day rallies. Hundreds more were injured and, according to Radio Farda, more than 8,000 detained in the uprising, registered as the deadliest anti-regime protest in the four-decade-old history of the Islamic Republic in Iran.

Dismissing the present rulers of Iran as "usurpers," and members of an "alien cult," Prince Reza has asserted in his latest message that none of the regime's emblems, objectives, legends, and motives are of Iranian origin.

The ruling establishment in Iran has always been busy in a vicious cycle of lies and crimes, such as the massacre in Cinema Rex in Abadan during the revolution and the downing of a passenger plane over Tehran in January, Prince Reza has said in his message.

Arsonists linked to the Islamic revolutionaries set ablaze Cinema Rex on August 19, 1978, in the city of Abadan and killed at least 420 civilians.

The Islamic Republic dismisses Prince Reza Pahlavi and other opponents as foreign agents, insisting that the 1979 revolution still gives it legitimacy.

"A country ruled by liars, criminals and thieves is doomed to collapse," Reza Pahlavi has argued, adding, "No single individual is capable of bypassing this criminal regime. Bypassing the regime needs self-sacrifice and national masterstroke."

Meanwhile, the exiled Prince has called upon prominent Iranian "civil, political, cultural and military" figures, who are seeking a chance to perform their historic duty, to step in and leave the Islamic Republic behind.

"As a soldier, I am duty-bound to provide the needed tools for national readiness. I have the responsibility to lead the country during the interim period politically," Reza Pahlavi has affirmed, concluding, "Nevertheless, I am not alone in this national coup de maître. I believe that political tools must be handed over to knowledgeable and competent politicians."

Earlier, on January 15, Reza Pahlavi had called for maximum pressure on the Islamic Republic and maximum support for Iranians demanding change in their country.

Speaking at Hudson Institute in Washington D.C., the exiled Prince insisted that the behavior of the Islamic Republic authorities would never change. He also emphasized that negotiation with Tehran without any precondition is betraying the people of Iran.

In recent anti-regime protests in Iran, chants in favor of Iran's last royal dynasty reverberated across the country.