Some 200 Iranian and Indian students marched through the streets of New Delhi on Saturday (6 October) in protest against a recent attack on the offices of the All India Iranian Students' Association (AIISA).
Some 200 Iranian and Indian students marched through the streets of New Delhi on Saturday (6 October) in protest against a recent attack on the offices of the All India Iranian Students' Association (AIISA). The organisers claimed that the attack in the Western Indian city of Poona last month (29 September) was instigated by a representative of the Ayatollah Khomeini to halt the AIISA' opposition to the Iranian leadership
SYNOPSIS: The demonstrators marched on the Indian Home Ministry to hand in a memorandum and demand the deportation of a visiting representative of the Ayatollah Khomeini. In the memorandum, the AIISA called for protection for progressive and secular Iranian students from attacks by supporters of the Ayatollah Khomeini. The students claim that representatives of the Teheran government have been crating disharmony between secular and non-secular Iranian students. For that reason they called for the deportation of an envoy from Teheran, Jojatull Emadei. And both the Iranian and Indian students forcefully made their views heard, shouting "We want justice".
A particularly troubled faction among the demonstrators were the women students, who are worried about the issue of women's rights under the strict Islamic laws enforced by Teheran's religious leaders.
The demonstrators claimed that despite a united effort by all Iranian people to oust the Shah, the present ruling clergy had not satisfied the people's demands for individual freedoms and economic needs, or put the country in a path to prosperity.
The students also issued an appeal to the government and people of India to condemn interference with AIISA.