Iranian exiles marched in Washington on Friday, June 21 to call for the change of the Iranian Islamic regime. Change of the regime is hoped for among many of the Persian people who left Iran to escape the authoritarian regime.

Amir Emadi, spokesman for the Organization of Iranian-American Communities shared his thoughts on what the United States can do to support regime change in Iran.

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“The U.S. should support the people of Iran in their pursuit for regime change in the country by sanctioning the supreme leader of Iran and his office, and then targeting the Ministry of Intelligence and the IRGC (Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps) forces to show them that we support—the United States and the West support—the people of Iran and not the Iranian government to realize that the real fight is between the Iranian people and the regime in power,” said Emadi.

The Islamic regime took over Iran in a revolution in 1979. Many Iranians were not in favor of the revolution and as the theocratic regime increased restrictions on society according to Islamic doctrine in a country that previously enjoyed Western freedoms, support for the Islamic regime decreased.

Former Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army Gen. Jack Keane, speaks to activists gathered at the State Department before a march to the White House to call for regime change in Iran, on June 21, 2019, in Washington. (Alex Brandon/AP Photo)

Several movements to overthrow the regime have been attempted. One of the most significant attempts was the peaceful 2009 Green Revolution lead mostly by Iranian college students. The revolution made headlines around the world but the Obama administration did not provide support for the Iranian youth who were left to their own defenses and faced a violent response from the Iranian regime’s brutal Islamic Revolutionary Guard. Death, torture, and imprisonment of the peaceful protesters was reported.

As with the college protesters, Emadi also hopes for a peaceful change.

“I do not prefer and I do not want the president of the United States to go to war with Iran, or attack Iran. I’m afraid for my people in Iran, and I don’t condone that at all,” said Emadi. “The people have shown that they want regime change, and they’re willing to create that change. We need to support the people.”

Last week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke to the media following the attacks on two oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz, which are widely considered to have been attacked by Iran following an April 22 announcement by the regime that it would disrupt the flow of oil in the strait.

Iranian-Americans gather in Washington, for a march, calling for the end to the Iranian Islamic regime on June 21, 2019. (AP)

Pompeo also listed five separate attacks by Iran and its proxies in the Middle East in recent months. The Iranian regime admittedly shot down a U.S. drone this week, which the United States said was over international waters.

In response to the multiple offenses and the drone attack, President Donald Trump said the United States was “cocked and loaded” and about to launch a military attack on Iran Thursday night. However the president said that after consulting a general and learning that approximately 150 Iranian deaths would likely occur as a result of the offensive, president Trump canceled the attack saying the extent of the loss of life was not proportionate to the downing of a drone.

President Trump’s decision to cancel the military strike is in line with the wishes of Emadi. ”We’ve always been saying no war, no appeasement, but change by the Iranian people. And they’ve shown that in uprisings that have swept across Iran, where they chant, just like you hear in the background, we want regime change in Iran,” said Emadi.

Some of the more recent uprisings against the Islamic regime by the Persian people of Iran include last year when a number of women went out into public without wearing a hijab, which is demanded by the Iranian regime. Several years ago, four college students were arrested after making a video where they danced to Pharrell Williams’ song, “Happy”.

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