In Iran, religious and military ceremonies have marked the first anniversary of Ayatollah Khomeini's exile journey from Baghdad to Paris.
In Iran, religious and military ceremonies have marked the first anniversary of Ayatollah Khomeini's exile journey from Baghdad to Paris. The journey is acknowledged as the start of the Ayatollah's revolutionary movement which led to the overthrow of the Shah. However, the celebrations took place amid reports of growing unrest in Iran...this time directed against the Ayatollah.
SYNOPSIS: In the courtyard of a mosque dedicated to Ayatollah Motahari, one of Khomeini's chief aides, Iranians paid tribute to the man who led the revolution. Senior politicians and leading members of the clergy were represented. The Armed Forces too, for so long loyal to the Shah gathered to hear their spiritual leader extolled by senior members of the revolutionary council.
Elsewhere in Teheran however, Revolutionary Guards were dispersing a demonstration by hundreds of jobless marchers. Nearly 1500 demonstrators chanted 'Death to the Islamic government' before fleeing as Guards opened fire into the air. It's been estimated nearly 2-and-half million people are unemployed in Iran, and hundreds gather each day to demonstrate in front of the offices of prime minister Bazargan. A government spokesman warned that security forces would continue to prevent all such meetings, for fear of their exploitation by counter revolutionary forces. The latest unrest in Teheran came as anti-government rebels struck in the Kurdish provinces and the oil rich region of Khuzestan. The worst incident happened near the town of Ahwaz where a bomb planted in a passenger train killed eight people.