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“There are a couple of divisions of pasdarans [internal security troops] - whose names I can’t mention - who are trained just to do this,” he said, “to protect … the leadership center in Tehran. They would have to fire en masse on the people, and they are not confident enough to do this.

“And as soon as the people realize that there is a break in the will of the mullahs and the veterans of the Iran-Iraq war that are now in high positions in Iran, as soon as they sense there is a break in the will, it’s over.”