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    Tens of thousand of Iranians gathered in Teheran's Parliament Square on the weekend (20 July) for the first ever public commemoration of the anti-Shah riots which led to the re-instatement of the popular prime minister Mohammed Mossadegh in 1952.

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    Tens of thousand of Iranians gathered in Teheran's Parliament Square on the weekend (20 July) for the first ever public commemoration of the anti-Shah riots which led to the re-instatement of the popular prime minister Mohammed Mossadegh in 1952. The twenty-seventh anniversary of the bloody riots, in which several hundred people were massacred, was heralded as one of the early examples of the people's will overcoming the Shah's brute force.

    SYNOPSIS: Thousands of Iranians packed into the centre of Teheran to celebrate an anniversary which had been banned by the Shah for twenty-seven years -- the mass demonstrations in support of Mossadegh on July the 21st 1952. Crowds of people chanting slogans to their unofficial leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, and calling for death to the Shah, marched through the streets to Parliament Square carrying the portraits of the late Mossadegh and Ayatollah Khomeini, Taped speeches by Mossadegh were played and Teheran's spiritual leader, Ayatollah Mahmoud Taleghani made one of his rare public appearances to address the rally. This demonstration passed off fairly peacefully but Iran's Revolutionary Guard, the main peacekeeping force at the moment, has recently been hard-pressed to maintain order as rifts have broken out between Islamic militants and centrist and leftwing forces.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5YJU9JDBHFOGECJHWPTCF1JAA
    Media URN:
    VLVA5YJU9JDBHFOGECJHWPTCF1JAA
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/07/1979
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:56:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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