The leader of the Shah of Iran's main opposition group, the National Front was arrested and charged under martial law on Saturday (11 November).
The leader of the Shah of Iran's main opposition group, the National Front was arrested and charged under martial law on Saturday (11 November). Dr. Karim Sanjabi had just returned from Paris where he met exiled religious leader Ayatollah Khomeini. He was detained as he was about to give a news conference. National Front member Manaoutcher Keyhani brought this news instead.
SYNOPSIS: The leader of the National Front was charged with plotting against the government. Dr. Sanjabi had intended to speak about what he called twenty-five years of despotism by the Shah.
The arresting army officer asked to see the text of Dr. Sanjabi's statement and then led him away. Security forces were put on alert n anticipation of a strong reaction against the arrest. But Teheran's martial law administrator warned that his troops would deal firmly with attempts to create disorder.
Dr. Sanjabi's National Front Party has called for a continuation of protest strikers. The military government has countered with an ultimatum, to the workers to go back to work or be sacked. The 13-day old strike has already cost the world's second biggest oil exporting nation about 800 million dollars. Meanwhile workers at the Abadan oil refinery have pledged to continue the stoppage indefinitely.
On Monday (13 November) Doctor Sanjabi's National front Party again issued a statement saying it did not recognise what it calls "the despotic, dependent ruling system of Iran."