Iran’s lawmakers denounce 1953 UK-, US-led coup

A view of Iran Majlis

Iranian lawmakers have slammed the “shameful and inhumane” 1953 coup against the government of then Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mosadeq by the United States and Britain.

“Today, everyone knows that cutting the hands of oil-thirsty superpowers [off Iran’s oil resources] prompted these so-called advocates of democracy and freedom to topple the Iranian people’s lawful government,” the Human Rights Bloc of Iran’s Majlis said in a statement on Monday, marking the 60th anniversary of the overthrow.

Mosadeq played a key role in the country’s 1951 movement that resulted in the nationalization of Iran’s oil industry, which was mainly controlled by the British-owned Anglo-Iranian Oil Company (AIOC), now known as BP.

The Iranian lawmakers also criticized Britain for orchestrating the 1921 coup d’etat that led to the establishment of the Pahlavi dynasty in 1925.

Dismayed by the Qajar Dynasty in Iran, British officials put former Iranian dictator Reza Pahlavi on the throne in February 1921 by providing his troops with ammunition, supplies and financial aid to help them seize control of the capital city, Tehran.

In 1953 Britain’s secret intelligence agency MI6 and the United States’ Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) organized a coup to remove Mosadeq, reinstalling and supporting the increasingly brutal regime of the Shah (Mohammad Reza Pahlavi) until its collapse in 1979.

Earlier on Monday, the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) published a document, admitting its role in the 1953 coup for the first time after 60 years.

“The military coup that overthrew Mosadeq and his National Front Cabinet was carried out under CIA direction as an act of US foreign policy,” the document published on the National Security Archive website read.

Citing the US and UK’s present interferences in the internal affairs of Egypt, Bahrain, Syria and Afghanistan and their support for the Israeli regime, the Iranian lawmakers said Washington and London are the same old imperialists even if they change their approaches.

By Press TV


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