• Short Summary

    About 1,000 demonstrators massed at the Iranian Consulate in Geneva on Tuesday (13 June) to protest against the arrival of the Shah of Iran, Mohammed Reza Pahlevi.

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    About 1,000 demonstrators massed at the Iranian Consulate in Geneva on Tuesday (13 June) to protest against the arrival of the Shah of Iran, Mohammed Reza Pahlevi. The Iranian leader was in Geneva for a two-day visit to address the annual conference of the International Labour Organisation (I.L.O.).

    Shortly before he arrived -- amid the tightest security ever for a visiting head of state in Geneva -- a bomb was found on the grounds of the United Nations European Headquarters, where the Shah was due to address the ILO conference on Wednesday. There was also a bomb hoax at Geneva airport minutes before his plane from Teheran landed.

    Gathered outside the Iranian Consulate, the demonstrators shouted slogan protesting against alleged repression in Iran, including the execution of the Shah's political opponents. Several left-wing organisations in Geneva have protested against the Shah's visit.

    Several hundred armed Geneva police kept the demonstrators away from the Consulate and then used tear gas to disperse them after more than two hours. Police said several people had been hurt in the demonstration, but there were no serious injuries. Several people were detained for questioning.

    In his address to the ILO conference on Wednesday, the Shah appealed for international commercial and monetary reforms to help developing countries. Later, he flew to Zurich for a short private stay at his chalet near ST. Moritz before visiting Britain.

    SYNOPSIS: Amid the tightest security ever for a visiting head of state, the Shah of Iran, Mohamed Reza Pahlevi, arrived in Geneva by air from Teheran on Tuesday. The Iranian leader had arrived for a two-day visit to address the annual conference of the International Labour Organisation.

    Several left-wing organisations have protested against the Shah's visit, and on Tuesday, a mass demonstration was organised outside the Iranian Consulate. They were protesting against alleged repression in Iran, including the execution of the Shah's political opponents. Hundreds of police, some armed with submachine guns, kept the demonstrators away from the consulate. After about two hours, the police charged with tear gas.

    Security was strict most Iranian places of business after the demonstration and the finding of a bomb at the United Nations European Headquarters, where the Shah was to speak on Wednesday. Some young demonstrators chained themselves to lamp-posts outside the Headquarters building.

    Small groups of protestors continued to demonstrate into the night, and several people were detained for questioning. Police said that several people had been hurt in the demonstration, but there were no reports of serious injuries.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2R6ZC511TGXDV95YVRQJLKM4M
    Media URN:
    VLVA2R6ZC511TGXDV95YVRQJLKM4M
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/06/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:16:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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