NEWPORT BEACH — Reza Pahlavi II, the former crown prince and son of the late shah of Iran, envisions a day when the Iranian people's votes will be the driving force of their government.
It is a dream he shared with about 300 people, mostly Iranian-Americans, at the Fairmont Newport Beach Hotel, when he spoke Tuesday night about democracy, human rights and political developments in Iran as the guest of the World Affairs Council of Orange County.
"Change can only happen from within Iran," he told the Daily Pilot before his speech. "You already have the best instrument for change: It's the people of Iran."
Seeming passionate about the country he has been banned from since his father's U.S.-backed autocratic regime was overthrown during the 1979 Iranian Revolution, Pahlavi, 49, said change will not take place unless Iranians stand together as one and enlist the young adults who are willing to spill their blood for the freedom of their nation.