U.S.based Iranian opposition:Iranians take to the streets

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PostThu Sep 22, 2011 7:35 pm » by Zegtelzegtel

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U.S.-based Iranian opposition says Iranians will take to the streets on Friday

The head of a U.S.-based Iranian opposition group told Al Arabiya TV that groups in Iran, in coordinated planning with military generals inside the Islamic republic, are planning to hold mass demonstrations on Friday.

Former Iranian Imperial Air Force Major General Mehdi Rohani, who is head of Iran’s Eagle, a U.S.-based opposition group, says Iranians are planning to protest in the Islamic republic on Friday, September 23. (Photo by Al Arabiya)

“We said we do not want a revolution or war; the only way is a tactical, psychological warfare,” former Iranian Imperial Air Force Maj. Gen. Mehdi Rohani, head of “Oghab-e- Iran” (Iran’s Eagle), said.

According to General Rohani, there is a military principle that says that the movement of the masses, given their speed and numbers, can leave any military helpless to squash the revolt.

“The huge masses of people will fill and occupy the streets of Tehran,” he said, referring to instances of other massive protests that led to the removals of Chile’s Augusto Pinochet and Ferdinand Marcos, who ruled the Phillipines.

General Rohani said the date for the demonstrations was set as September 23 and that the protests will begin at 7 p.m. Friday is a day for rest, and temperatures begin to cool around 7 in the evening.

Rohani also said that he has for the past three years been in touch with a military group in Iran, and that he has been working with them to organize the protest.

The general, who equated the current Iranian regime with Hitler’s brutality, said, “sorry to say this” but the Iranian people are ready to face it all.

“I ask them [military men], why not stay with the people,” the general said. “They told me just draw a line for us so we can change.” He said that about a third of the military in Iran are ready to change gears and jump on the opposition wagon.

“We only want people to rebel; we do not want violence … only if we have to in self-defense.”

Unlike the situation in the early years of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, the current Iranian regime is suffering from internal problems and the military today is far from united.

He said the opposition is looking to lead people not through an ideology but through having a six-month transitional period under an adminstrative rule, ending with people going to the poll to elect their representatives.

The elections would be for Iranians inside and outside the Islamic republic.

Iran’s Eagle formed during the Pahlavi Era in the United States. It regularly sends television and radio broadcasts in an attempt to unite Iranians to overthrow what it calls the non-Iranian barbaric Islamic Mullah’s regime in a civil and non-violent popular movement.

Iranians took on the streets following June 2009 presidential elections there and protested against the disputed victory of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who was elected president over opposition candidates Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi.

In 2011, a series of demonstrations across Iran started on Feb. 14 February, which became known as “The Day of Rage.”

The general said the previous protests proved Iranians having the capacity and the intelligence to push for change.

:arrow: http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2 ... 68130.html

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