There have been indications in Iran that a rift between the country's two best-known spiritual leaders, unofficial head of state Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, and Ayatollah Mohmoud Teleghani, is on the mend.
There have been indications in Iran that a rift between the country's two best-known spiritual leaders, unofficial head of state Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, and Ayatollah Mohmoud Teleghani, is on the mend. The two met in the holy city of Qom on Wednesday (18 April) and the national radio described their talks as 'fruitful". In a taped message broadcast by radio, Ayatollah Taleghani later asked supporters to stop demonstrations on his behalf, and Ayatollah Khomeini called for a purge of "sedition-makers" from the country's revolutionary committees. Their talks followed a day of pro-Taleghani demonstrations in the capital, Teheran.
SYNOPSIS: More than five thousand people took part in this pro-Taleghani demonstration on Tuesday (17 April) which marched on Teheran University. There were other similar demonstrations throughout the city. Some carried portraits of the 72 year-old Ayatollah (spiritual leader) who had gone into hiding to protest against what he called "the trampled rights of the Iranian people".
Ayatollah taleghani, one of Iran's most revered and moderate spiritual leader, had left his Teheran home after the detention of three of his children b a group of Islamic revolutionary guards.
From his secret retreat he warned Iran into the danger of a dictatorship reasserting itself. Students among his supporters chanted "Taleghani come home" and "death to the enemies of Teleghani". Some high schools closed down after pupils walked out to join the demonstrations.
More than fifty thousand people participated in the various pro-Taleghani demonstrations in Teleghani demonstrations in Teheran. Some later gathered to hear a speech by former Foreign Minister Karim Sanjabi, who had resigned his position in protest against what he called the "disorder" of the country's new regime.
In his address Dr Sanjabi attacked Iran's secret Revolutionary Council, believed to be headed by Ayatollah Khomeini. He implied the council had usurped the provisional government's power becoming a "government within the government."
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