Interview with exiled son of Iran's late shah

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1. SOUNDBITE: (English) Reza Pahlavi, exiled son of Iran's late shah and a critic of the country's clerical leaders:
"What we say is that we will support the will of the Iranian people and their democratic desires. Let them determine the outcome. If they want to change the regime, so be it. The difference is that you take away the argument of the Islamic Republic. Every time somebody wants to come to the help of the Iranian people, 'you are interfering in our internal affairs' and start all the apologies for the regime, blasting the concept of regime change. We all know that regime change is the ultimate formula. But that's what the Iranian people are asking. It's not going to be because the US says so, or the British say so, or the Saudis say so, or the Israelis say so. It's because it's what the Iranian people want."
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FILE: Tehran - 6 January 1979
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2. Various of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi of Iran receiving Prime Minister Shahpour Bakhtiar
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3. SOUNDBITE: (English) Reza Pahlavi, exiled son of Iran's late shah and a critic of the country's clerical leaders:
"I think you are talking about a moment in our country's history, where people who are simply fed up and have nothing to lose anymore and they know that this situation, as long as it prevails, there's no hope for them in any sense, are really now taking some brave and defiant steps, and that's very important, particularly for the outside world looking in to understand. Now what would the regime do and the security forces do is of course a key questions. Then finally, well obviously I have noticed that a lot of my compatriots are certainly showing their devotion and support for myself and ask for my intervention to help them in any way I can which I am of course doing and I think that the role that I am playing at this time, outside of whatever means of support that I can bring to these movements at home and as much as they ask me to in fact broadcast their desire inform the international community; that includes of course legislators, heads of state, media and what have you, it also is a moment in time when the majority of the Iranian democratic forces, that are secular minded that of course want a democratic alternative to this regime, the time has really come for a massive coalition of such forces because we have to be able also to fill the void and not just talk about putting an end to a regime."
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FILE: Tehran - 6 January 1979
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4. Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi of Iran receiving Prime Minister Shahpour Bakhtiar
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5. SOUNDBITE: (English) Reza Pahlavi, exiled son of Iran's late shah and a critic of the country's clerical leaders:
"One factor that is quite striking to me, both in terms of contrast with anything that any of us have seen before happen in Iran is number one the fact that the kind of slogans that we here are this time extremely defined in the sense that it brings ultimately the entire regime into question, in contrast to let's say what we saw in 2009."
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FILE: Tehran - 6 January 1979
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6. Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi of Iran shaking hands with cabinet ministers
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7. SOUNDBITE: (English) Reza Pahlavi, exiled son of Iran's late shah and a critic of the country's clerical leaders:
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