Thousands of Iranians took part in a mass rally in the capital, Teheran, on June 5 to commemorate the deaths of opponents to the Shah and the start of the Islamic revolution twenty years ago.
GV Soldiers carry big portrait of Ayatollah Khomeini in street parades; followed by other soldiers (2 SHOTS)
SVs Soldiers carrying photographs of dead comrades, chanting.
SV Chief of General Staff walking with wounded soldiers in wheel-chairs. (3 SHOTS)
GV Civilians in parade, chanting.
GV ZOOM TO Women wearing chadoors.
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Background: Thousands of Iranians took part in a mass rally in the capital, Teheran, on June 5 to commemorate the deaths of opponents to the Shah and the start of the Islamic revolution twenty years ago. The revolutionary movement came into its won after suffering a bitter blow from the much-feared Special Forces of the former Shah's regime. On the fifteenth of Khordad (the third month of the Islamic year), in 1963, hundreds of thousands of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini followers took to the streets in protest against the Shah. In the riots that followed an estimated fifteen thousand Moslems are said to have died. Since then Khomeini devotees have marked each anniversary with public demonstrations of their faith in Islam. This year hundreds of soldiers took part in the street parades, many of them carrying photographs of comrades who died in the fight against the Shah. The Army's Chief of General Staff marched alongside victims of different battle - wounded soldiers from the current Gulf war with Iraq. Women wearing their Islamic chadoors swelled the ranks and chanted support for the Ayatollah. Hundreds of other civilians also joined the parade. In a message to the people, Ayatollah Khomeini urged other Moslem nations to fight against what he called interference by the United States and other "world imperialists" in their affairs.