An exiled Iranian leader of the Shi'ite Moslem faith, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, arrived in France on Friday (6 October) to take up residence at Neauphle-le-Chateau, near Versailles.
GV Pontchartrain road sign, France
LV AND SV Newsmen outside gate (3 shots)
CU Newsmen listening to man refusing interviews
SV Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini sitting on carpet
CU Photographer watched by followers of Khomeini (3 shots)
Other points made by the Mullah in his communique called for independence for Iran under the rule of Islamic law. As he has in the past, he also called for the army to reject the Shah's rule. He said students should join with the people and break the chains of foreign domination.
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Background: An exiled Iranian leader of the Shi'ite Moslem faith, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, arrived in France on Friday (6 October) to take up residence at Neauphle-le-Chateau, near Versailles. He is one of the focal points of resistance to the rule of the Shah of Iran -- and has been since he left Iran fifteen years ago, after failing with other religious leaders to deter reforms instituted by the Shah.
SYNOPSIS: Mullah Khomeini is living in the home of one of his supporters and since issueing a communique to those unhappy with the Shah's rule, the house has been besieged with newsmen seeking to interview the eighty-year old leader.
But Mullah Khomeini's supporters made it plain that their leader could be photographed but not interviewed. For the most of his fifteen years of exile he had lived in Iraq, but it is believed that pressure from Teheran finally forced Iraq to ask the Mullah to leave. Iran has been plagued with social unrest, strikes and riots, in recent times which have left hundreds dead and injured in clashes with the authorities. On Thursday, (6 October) a rally by ten thousand young Iranians in Teheran chanted "Khomeini or death". Most of the Mullah's appeals have been made to the young of Iran. He has called on them to resist the Shah who, he says, is trying to weaken Iran's Islamic movement.