In Rome, thousands of Italians and Iranians demonstrated on Tuesday (7 November) against the Shah of Iran.
In Rome, thousands of Italians and Iranians demonstrated on Tuesday (7 November) against the Shah of Iran. They demanded the abdication of the Shah, who has been the focus of weeks of violent demonstrations in his country, and has reacted by setting up a new military government and suspending all civil rights.
SYNOPSIS: The Rome demonstration was organised by the Italian Communist Party. Hundreds of students, belonging to the Islamic Association of Iranian Students in Italy, were among the demonstrators. They are followers of exiled religious leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeiny, and handed out pamphlets of his teachings.
While they were in the streets, reports coming from Iran said the military government was rounding up people blamed for fuelling the persistent anti-Shah violence. Those arrested included the former head of Savak, the country's secret police, and six former cabinet ministers. The Savak chief has been accused of ordering torture and illegal arrests.
Demonstrators were not impressed by reports of the Shah's latest attempt to appease widespread accusations of government corruption. The Shah has vowed to fight corruption and atone for what he calls the mistakes of the past. But these demonstrators want an end to his rule.
This protest in downtown Rome went off without report incident. But police said there had been bomb attacks in several suburban areas, and they linked, these blasts with anti-Shah protests. Petrol bombs has been hurled into three shops selling Persian carpets. Iranian students have been holding demonstrations in major cities around the world as moral support for colleagues embroiled in the heart of the violence in the Iranian capital of Teheran.