In Beirut, more than two thousand Shi'ite Moslems demonstrated on Wednesday (28 November) in support of Iran's revolutionary leader, the Ayatollah Khomeini.
GV Crowds carrying portrait of missing Shi'ite Imman marching through streets of Beirut (2 shots)
SV Women carrying portraits marching
SV AND PAN Armed guard marching beside women as chanting protestors continue
GV Men Carrying banners and signs bring up the end of the march
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Background: In Beirut, more than two thousand Shi'ite Moslems demonstrated on Wednesday (28 November) in support of Iran's revolutionary leader, the Ayatollah Khomeini. The Shi'ites, who belong to the same sect as the Ayatollah, marched through the streets of West Beirut, the predominantly Moslem district where fierce fighting took place during the Lebanese civil war.
SYNOPSIS: The demonstrators carried portraits of another religious leader, Imam Musa Sadr, whose disappearance over a year ago has been a mystery ever since. The Imam, an Iranian, was a staunch supporter of Ayatollah Khomeini, and his disappearance has been blamed on SAVAK--the secret police force of the deposed Shah.
This march was also held to mark the anniversary of the killing of the man who founded the Shi'ite sect, called Hussein, son of Ali, who died more than a thousand years ago. But the atmosphere of the march was predominantly anti-American. Demonstrators chanted their approval of the occupation of the United States embassy in Teheran.
It was the latest in a series of Moslem demonstrations staged by the Shi'ites in West Beirut. On this occasion the marchers also expressed their support of Moslems in Pakistan, where the American embassy in Islamabad was attacked and burned last week. They marched to the Iranian embassy in Beirut carrying anti-American banners. There was tight security around the nearby Iraqi embassy because Iraq has said that it could not condone the detention of American hostages in Tehran. The Iraqi stand has strained relations with Iran and aroused hostility among Shi'ite Moslems.