Could the Pahlavi Dynasty Really be Restored in Iran?

Demonstrations have been taking place in Iran against unemployment, poverty and corruption. Some of the protesters have even been calling for the return of Reza Pahlavi, son of the late Shah. Sputnik analyzed the likelihood of the monarchy being restored.

The majority of Iranians were not alive when the last Shah of Iran fled into exile in Egypt in January 1979 and was replaced a few weeks later by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and the new Islamic Republic.

During this week’s demonstrations some young people have started chanting for the restoration of the monarchy, the Pahlavi dynasty.

The protesters know nothing of the SAVAK, the Shah’s secret police, who often tortured people who opposed the absolute monarchy, which ruled on behalf of a ruling elite and their political allies and business friends in the United States and western Europe.

The last Shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, died of cancer in 1980 and his 57-year-old son, Reza, now lives in Maryland in the United States.

Reza, who has been tweeting in support of the demonstrations in Iran, has in the past denied receiving funding from the US government and claimed allegations he was supported by the CIA were…

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