In Iran, more than three thousand students gathered on the University of Teheran campus on Sunday (29 October) to protest against the Shah's rule.
In Iran, more than three thousand students gathered on the University of Teheran campus on Sunday (29 October) to protest against the Shah's rule. In the provinces, at least three people are reported to have died when anti-government demonstrators clashed with troops.
SYNOPSIS: Demonstrators on the university campus shouted slogans against the Shah, who is reported to be facing his most serious political crisis in twenty-five years. Iran's government decided to close the university on Saturday (28 October) for two days, but lecturers held an all-night demonstration to protest against the decision. The next morning, they were joined by thousands of students.
Troops were on alert outside the university but they kept a low profile. In Teheran's eastern suburbs people waved black flags and, in the city centre, high school students held their own demonstration. Many of the university demonstrators carried pictures of the exiled religious leader Ruhollah Khomeiny - an opponent of the Shah. At one point they threatened to pull down a statue of the Shah. The President of the University, Dr. Abdolash Sheybani, expressed solidarity with the students, and so did Public Relations Director, Asghar Moshgforoush.
The troops left the scene quietly after the demonstration. But similar protests in other parts of Iran have no??? been as peaceful. This month alone, more than twenty people have died in clashes with the Shah's security forces.