Demonstrations by Iranian students and supporters have been held in major cities in India and the United States to protest against the modernisation programmes of the Shah of Iran.
Demonstrations by Iranian students and supporters have been held in major cities in India and the United States to protest against the modernisation programmes of the Shah of Iran. In Los Angeles a demonstration broke into violent clashes with police while in New Delhi on Saturday (2 September) a major protest outside the Iranian Ambassador's residence remained orderly.
SYNOPSIS: More than 500 Iranian students wearing red masks and carrying red coffin and anti-Shah placards marched through the streets of New Delhi on Saturday (2 September) chanting slogans. The march made its way to the residence of the Iranian ambassador. Leaflets distributed by the demonstrators said that all Iranian, Palestinian and Indian students condemned the reactionary and imperialist tactics of the Shah's regime which they said was responsible for the Abadan cinema fire last month.
The students claimed that the Shah now wants to cover a fascist and dictatorial face by bringing out a liberal government led by Sharif-Emami as Prime Minister. He was Iran's senate chief for more than 25 years. The students said that whatever moves the Shah or the new Prime Minister made, the people of Iran would not be deceived.
In Los Angeles the day before (Friday 1 September), Iranian students clashed with police outside the offices of the Los Angeles Times newspaper. Police said there were approximately 350 demonstrators and about 150 were arrested. The demonstration, held during the city's noon rush hour, was considered by police to be too unruly so they took action. Eyewitnesses of the clashes said about 30 demonstrators were injured. Those arrested were expected to be charged with breaking local laws concerning demonstrations. Recently there have been a series of demonstrations by Iranians in U.S. cities both in support of and against the Shah.