Huge crowds gathered in Teheran on Monday (8 september) to pay homage to the fallen heres of the Iranian revolution and to celebrate the anniversary of the Islamic Government's rise to power.
GV & SV Chanting crowds at Teheran rally as President Abolhassan Bani-Sadr walks onto rostrum and waves to crowd. (4 SHOTS)
SVs People who have fainted in crowd being passed overhead as Mr. Bani-Sadr waves to crowd. (3 SHOTS)
GV PAN FROM Chanting crowd TO Mr. Bani-Sadr speaking in Farsi. (2 SHOTS)
GTv Massed crowds TO Mr. Bani-Sadr speaking. (2 SHOTS)
GV Mosque at cemetery.
GV PAN & CU Mourners walking about cemetery looking graves and photographs of "revolutionary martyrs".
GV March with banner through streets of Teheran.
SV Ayatollah Khamene'i walking up to rostrum as crowds chant. (2 SHOTS)
SV & GV Ayatollah speaking as people walk among graves at cemetery.
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Background: Huge crowds gathered in Teheran on Monday (8 september) to pay homage to the fallen heres of the Iranian revolution and to celebrate the anniversary of the Islamic Government's rise to power. President Abolhassan Bani-Sadr used the occasion to defend his decision withholding approval for one third of Iran's proposed cabinet.
SYNOPSIS: President bani-Sadr delivered a strong attack on his fundamentalist political opponents. He said he had prevented a minority group seizing control of the country. Although he refused to identify his targets, reuters news agency said his remarks were clearly aimed at the clergy-dominated Islamic republication Party and its allies. He told a crowd of more than two hundred thousand in Teheran's Martyr's Square he had withheld his constitutional approval of seven governments ministers to prevent the domination of a minority taking power through totalitarianism. Only those who represented the dangerous minority had been rejected, he said, although he added that even those he accepted were only barely competent for their jobs.
Mr. Bani-Sadr's speech marked the second anniversary of bloody clashes between the last Shah's troops and demonstrators calling for the monarch's overthrew. The attacking speech is s??? as a sign of the depending political rift between Islamic fundamentalists and supporters of the President. What now remains to be seen is how the Majlia (parliament), in which the Republicans hold a conformable majority, will react when the cabinet list is presented for approval.
So far no solution has appeared to the problem of following the cabinet vacancies which includes all the key economic ministers. Prime Minister Mohammed Ali Rajai has already said that without the post filled his cabinet is as good as useless.
While the President was speaking a vast crowd gathered at Teheran's Behesht-Zahra Cemetery to pay homage to Iranian heroes killed in the revolution. Despite the official urging that men and women should keep apart, families milled together around tombstones. Some of them were adorned with photographs of the dead, some covered with red gladioli and the families of the dead. Not far away others were marching in memory of those killed two years ago when the Shah's troops opened fire on demonstrators in the capital, killing a thousand people.
The Chant "martyrs are still with us" echoed as Hojatoleslam Khamene'i climbed the platform stairs to speak to the crowd in the cemetery. Despite his huge audience, Khamene'i directed his comments to Mr. Bani-Sadr, saying the president should drop his opposition to the cabinet. Dismissing criticisms, he said the ministers must be people ready to die for the revolution, and that the people of Iran wanted a doctrinaire and unfilled cabinet.