Opposition to the Ayatollah Khomeini's methods in establishing his Islamic revolution in Iran, is gaining support, especially among left-wing groups and Kurds living in Europe.
Opposition to the Ayatollah Khomeini's methods in establishing his Islamic revolution in Iran, is gaining support, especially among left-wing groups and Kurds living in Europe. On Sunday (26 August) a French group occupied the villa in a town west of Paris where the Ayatollah stayed during his exile in France. The day before, on Saturday (25 August), a group of demonstrators marched through Frankfurt, West Germany.
SYNOPSIS: About a thousand Kurdistan workers and students, now living in West Germany joined demonstrators in Frankfurt. The marchers were protesting the Ayatollah Khomeini's orders to the Iranian forces to attack the Kurds. The attack has been intensified in the past week and the mountainous Kurdish strongholds have been fighting off attacks by land and air.
The demonstrators assembled outside St. Paul's church in the centre of Frankfurt where speeches condemned the Ayatollah's refusal to negotiate a form of autonomy for the Kurds.
In France, the Revolutionary Communist League (LCR) a group of left-wing protesters occupied, on Sunday (26 August) the villa where the Ayatollah Khomeini lived for nearly four months before his victorious return to Iran. It was from this villa in Meauphle-le-Chateau 32 miles (50 KMS) from Paris that the Ayatollah appealed to his followers in Iran to bring down the Shah.
The LCR said the occupation would last until the Iranian Ambassador to France gives assurances on the condition of fourteen left-wing comrades arrested in Iran in June. They condemned also the Kurdistan siege and the restrictions on political and press freedom in Iran.