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BBCs John Simpson kan fortelle at støtten til Mousavi finnes også blant Revolusjonsgarden, og gir selv noen eksempler fra folk han kjenner.

For reasons best not explained, I’ve come to know a former member of the Revolutionary Guards really well. He’s done some pretty dreadful things in his life, from attacking women in the streets for not wearing the full Islamic gear to fighting alongside Islamic revolutionaries in countries abroad.

And yet now, in the tumult that has gripped Iran since its elections last week, he’s had a change of heart. He’s become a backer of Mir Hossein Mousavi, the reformist candidate who alleges fraud in the elections. He’s saved up the money to send his son to a private school abroad, and he loathes President Ahmadinejad. He’s not the only one.

I had to leave Iran last Sunday, when the authorities refused to renew my visa. But before I left, another former senior Revolutionary Guard came to our hotel to see us. «Remember me,» he pleaded. «Remember that I helped the BBC.» I realised that even a person so intimately linked to the Islamic Revolution thinks that something will soon change in Iran.

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