Two Kurdish guerrillas killed in fighting with revolutionary guards near Kamyaran in Kurdistan were buried in Sanandaj in Friday (14 March).
SV INTERIOR: Body of Komola member, Shapour Tagharobi, on slab
CU: Brother of Shapour Tagharobi
CU PULL BACK TO GV: Tagharobi's throat stitched up from knife wound
GV PAN EXTERIOR: Roofs in Sanandaj TO square with people in funeral crowd
SCU AND CU: Women in funeral crowd (3 shots)
SV PAN: Armed Kurdish guerrillas TO coffin carried through street
SV: Picture of dead man and coffin carried through streets surrounded by crowds.
TOP VIEW: Armed men on rooftop
SV: Armed Kurdish guerrillas in street in procession
GV: Funeral procession with coffin in street
GV: Mosque Jameh
GV INTERIOR Mosque with women seated chanting
CU PULL BACK SV: Men in Mosque reading prayers
GV EXTERIOR: Mosque Jameh
SV PULL BACK GV: People signing petition in street (2 shots)
GV PAN: Petition stretching from Mosque rooftop to ground
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Background: Two Kurdish guerrillas killed in fighting with revolutionary guards near Kamyaran in Kurdistan were buried in Sanandaj in Friday (14 March). Later, several thousand Kurds staged a twelve-hour hunger strike in the town. They were protesting against the postponement of voting for the Iranian general election in Sanandaj.
SYNOPSIS: The dead guerrillas were both members of the Kurdish marxist Leninist 'Komola' movement. Doctors said one of the men, Shapour Tagharobi, had been tortured before his death. There were burns on the guerrillas's body, his throat had been cut, and some of his teeth pulled out. Thousands of Kurds followed the funeral cortege through the streets of Sanandaj to the Amin Mosque, where prayers were said for the two men.
Over the last six weeks, there has been renewed outbreak of fighting between Kurdish guerrillas and Iranian revolutionary guards in Kurdistan. The Kurds want autonomy for their region, and are demanding the withdrawal of units of revolutionary guards from their towns. Kurdish leaders claim they took part in the overthrow of the former Shah, but have since been betrayed by the regime of Ayatollah Khomeini. They alleged the government has launched a military attack on them, ignoring their wish for a peaceful political solution to the autonomy question.
As a result of what the Iranian government describes as 'the bad atmosphere' in Kurdistan, people in Sanandaj and a number of other Kurdish towns were prohibited from voting in the countries general election on Friday (14 March). Thousands gathered in Sanandaj's Mosque for a twelve-hour hunger strike in protest against the decree. The demonstrators snag revolutionary songs and chanted prayers during their vigil. Kurdistan's three political parties are untied under the spiritual leadership of Sheikh Ezzedin Hussaini, who provides theological inspiration for their struggle for autonomy.
Outside the mosque people queued to sign a petition of solidarity with the hunger strikers. The government has said that elections in the area have merely been postponed, and will take place later, but no firm date for voting has been announced. The petition protesting the postponement was later handed to the governor of Sanandaj for forwarding to Teheran.