IRGC Commander Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari announced that the Revolutionary Guards have taken over the country’s security.
“Because the Revolutionary Guards was assigned the task of controlling the situation, it took the initiative to quell a spiraling unrest. This event pushed us into a new phase of the revolution and political struggles and we have to understand all its dimensions,” Gen. Jafari said in Tehran on Sunday in his first news conference since the protests.
IRGC, Gen. Jaffari continued, has led “a revival of the revolution and clarification of the value positions of the establishment at home and abroad."
Jafari's comments reinforce the opposition’s claim that a palace coup instigated by military elites loyal to the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei has taken place in Tehran. The loyal opposition, and former premier Mir Hossein Mousavi, have been branded as traitors and US agents (Kayhan).
Mousavi and the opposition, however, have not accepted the results of the election. The all-influential Majma-eyeh Modaressin (Assembly of Scholars and Researchers of Qom Seminary) has called Ahmadinejad’s government illegitimate. And the grass-root organizations are planning for a huge rally on Thursday.