In an interview with Reuters on Wednesday, Pahlavi also criticized the Trump administration’s ban on travel to the United States by most Iranians, calling it “ridiculous”.
Anti-government protests have gripped Iran for nearly a week in the most sustained challenge to the Islamic Republic’s clerical elite in almost a decade.
Pahlavi - Exile - Decades - Father - Shah
Pahlavi has lived in exile for nearly four decades, since his father, the U.S.-backed shah, was overthrown in the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
Although the opposition to Iran’s clerical government is atomized, with no clear recognized leader, some of the demonstrators have chanted slogans in favor of Pahlavi’s grandfather, Reza Shah, breaking a longstanding taboo.
Pahlavi - Iranians - Fate - US - President
Pahlavi said he wants to see Iranians “determine their own fate out of their own free will,” and praised U.S. President Donald Trump and members of his cabinet for speaking in support of Iranian protesters.
But he said they also should take steps to ensure that Iranians have access to communication and social media tools, which they have used to share videos and messages documenting protests and clashes with security forces.
Iran - Use - Media - Platforms - Access
Iran, which bars the use of major social media platforms, also has restricted access to the Telegram messaging app, and Iranian users in recent days have reported major hurdles in accessing the internet.
“We need more than lip service. We need to see concrete actions,” Pahlavi said. “This has to be immediate … As we speak, the regime is attempting yet again to try to shut down whatever it is, whether it’s Instagram or Telegram.”
Precedent - Type - US - Intervention - Protests
There is a precedent for this type of U.S. intervention. In 2009, amid mass protests over a disputed election, an Obama administration official asked Twitter executives to delay scheduled maintenance so Iranians could continue to use the service to communicate.
Technology experts have documented numerous examples of commercial...
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