Commander: Enemy seeking velvet revolution in Iran

May 10, 2009

TEHRAN (FNA) - Lieutenant Commander of Iran’s Basij (volunteer) forces General Hossein Hamedani Saturday warned about enemy plots to spark a “velvet revolution” in Iran.

“The enemy is seeking to start a velvet revolution in the country, considering its movements and behavior,” Hamedani told reporters, elaborating on the soft threats currently posed to the Islamic Republic by the enemies.
Reminding enemies’ efforts to stir tension in different parts of Iran and alluding to the West’s role and back up for Saddam’s regime during the 8-year Iraqi imposed war on Iran, the commander expressed the hope that such moves would fail in achieving their goals.
Hamedani further pointed to activities of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) in the five fields of defense, culture, society, economy and politics, and underlined that one of the crucial missions of the IRGC and its Basij troops is confronting soft threats against the country.
“Right now, the most important task of Basij is confronting enemy’s soft threats,” the commander reiterated.
Hamedani also described Iran’s resistance against bullying powers as a good role model for the oppressed nations, and added, “We are witnessing that this has turned into a model of resistance against the arrogance, which is used in countries such as Lebanon, Palestine, Afghanistan, Bosnia and Iraq.”
Earlier in February, IRGC’s Commander Mohammad Ali Jafari announced that Basij (volunteer) forces have been assigned by the Supreme Leader to fight the threat of soft regime change plans against the Islamic Republic.
“The Supreme Leader (Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei) has decided to assign this grave responsibility to the IRGC and Basij,” Jafari said in a gathering of 5,000 commanders of Tehran’s Basij units, adding, “Basij and the IRGC should stand against those who want to hurt the tight relations between the Leader and (Iranian) nation.”