One hundred and fifty thousand Moslems marched through the Iranian capital, Teheran, on Monday (5 June) to mark the sixteenth anniversary of an uprising against the Shah led by the man now regarded as Iran's unofficial Head of State, Ayatollah Khomeini.
MV: demonstrators carrying banners. PULL BACK TO long shot.
GV: men with banners and clenched fist
MS: truck full of troops
CS: men carrying pictures of Ayatollah Khomeini.
CS: men chanting. (2 shots)
LS: demonstration, mostly women
MS: truck load of soldiers in amongst demonstrators.
GV: crowd of demonstrators in city square.
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Background: One hundred and fifty thousand Moslems marched through the Iranian capital, Teheran, on Monday (5 June) to mark the sixteenth anniversary of an uprising against the Shah led by the man now regarded as Iran's unofficial Head of State, Ayatollah Khomeini.
SYNOPSIS: Ayatollah Khomeini launched the 1963 uprising with a public attack on the Shah's public attack on the Shah's modernisation and land reform plans. But despite this massive show of support in Teheran for the Ayatollah, ill-health prevented the seventy-nine-year old leader from attending the demonstration. Instead, he addressed a much smaller crowd in the Holy City of Qom, where he's been resting for the past week. The capital was packed with the Ayatollah's supporters, and, for the first time since Shah was ousted last February, large detachments of armed, uniformed Revolutionary Guards were conspicuous.
The anticipated clashes between rival groups did not occur. Instead, it was one of the most united displays of support for the Islamic principles of Khomeini in recent weeks. Khomeini declared the day a National Holiday, and all shops and offices were closed. The demonstration was organised by the Islamic Republican Party which groups the Ayatollah's supporters. The Ayatollah marked the day by attacking his secular critics. Conform to Islam, he said, or they would be destroyed by the same 'first' that destroyed the Shah of Iran.