Various state news resources in Iran report on a new plan by the IRGC known as the “Resistance Movement” which aims at gaining preparation to confront ultra-crisis situations. According to this plan, a collection of forces will be chosen and staffed from the Basij bases all over the country so that in case the current situation arises from tension to crisis and the country fails to correctly manage the crisis with the regime at the risk of collapse, a network of highly-committed individuals to the regime will be available and can be summoned under any circumstances.
The purpose of establishing these networks is announced as “regaining the control over the situation in any possible way”. According to this plan, in case the Basij bases collapse, the selected individuals will be summoned by the commanders of each district in a place called “Emergency Operation Center” while they are prepared to carry out the instructions.
An individual attending a Basij Base describes the purpose to this plan:
“Resistance Movement” plan aims at collecting a network of those who are most committed to the regime and can be available and summoned under any circumstances to regain the control over the situation in case the situation changes from stability to tension, from tension to stress and eventually to crisis and the crisis management fails with the risk of the regime collapse.
The source underlined that in the Emergency Operation Center, the commander of each district is obliged to set up a new seat outside the bases which enjoys the qualifications of an emergency operation center, is adjacent to the most important entrances and exits of the district, enjoys the parameters of the unbreakable defense with the capacity to keep arms and ammunitions.
Therefore, based on its logistics, every distinct is obliged to inform its sub-bases to secretly select five individuals among the members and introduce them to the superiors.
Some of the Green Movement pro websites such as Jaras believe that choosing five individuals among the all members of each Basij Base indicates that since these members have arisen from the public, the IRGC fear that in case of a crisis, 90 percent of their forces would refuse to cooperate. Therefore, they are content with this limited numbers under restricted conditions.
Considering the fact that some of the IRGC commanders and security officials confessed to and warned about a social riot resulting from the upcoming economic pressures based on the estimates by their informational bodies, it’s safe to say that the fear of a serious and uncontrollable crisis arising from public riot made them get prepared to confront a critical situation.
Basij and the plain-clothes militia played a key role in the bloody crackdown in the wake of the last year’s controversial presidential elections.