In Iran, the Ayatollah khomeini claimed on Thursday (29 March) that United States' inspired groups are fomenting religious disturbances in the country to overthrow his revolutionary government.
In Iran, the Ayatollah khomeini claimed on Thursday (29 March) that United States' inspired groups are fomenting religious disturbances in the country to overthrow his revolutionary government. In a statement on national radio, the Ayatollah said he had heard reports of new disturbances in north-west and south-east Iran. He appealed for religious unity throughout the country. Ayatollah khomeini spoke on the eve of a national referendum be held on Friday and Saturday (30 and 31 March) on his plans for a strict Islamic Republic. His statement was made as heavy fighting raged for the fourth consecutive day in the northeast town of Gonbad kavus, between pro-khomeini militiamen and Turkoman tribesmen who are seeking more rights. There were similar bloody battles last week in the west Iranian town of Sanandaj, when another minority group -- the kurds -- besieged an army garrison.
SYNOPSIS: Teheran, the capital, is quiet. Some six weeks after the February uprising, the lives on the people of Teheran are returning to normal. Most people in the capital belong to Iran's religious majority of Shi'ite Moslems. But many of the ethnic minorities in border areas are Sunni Moslems.
Despite the apparent calm in the capital, the government ordered a three-day military alert during the referendum period. Eighteen point seven million voters will be asked whether they want an Islamic Republic to replace the previous regime. Khomeini's spokesman Dr. Ibrahim Yasdi, explains what the referendum is about.