There were more demonstrations against the Shah of Iran in the Indian capital of New Delhi on Saturday (4 February), the third day of his state visit to the sub-continent.
There were more demonstrations against the Shah of Iran in the Indian capital of New Delhi on Saturday (4 February), the third day of his state visit to the sub-continent. A number of arrests were made. At a news conference, the Shah spoke about democracy in his country since the days of King Cyrus 2,500 years ago, and also touched upon the world energy problem.
SYNOPSIS: The Iranian embassy in New Delhi was the scene of the latest demonstration against the Shah's alleged dictatorial rule in Iran. The protestors -- nearly all of them Indian students -- chanted slogans as the Shah attended a reception at the embassy.
Similar demonstrations had greeted the Shah when he arrived in the capital to begin a four-day visit, and was being driven through New Delhi to the Presidential Palace. On that occasion, many Iranian students and young Indians -- some in hoods -- tried to rush towards the royal motorcade.
From the embassy, the Shah went to New Delhi's Vigyan Bhavan to meet journalists. He was asked about criticism Western governments had made of Asian countries, including Iran.
The Shah was also questioned by Indian and foreign journalists on the problems that high oil prices were causing around the world.
The Shah said he would stop in Pakistan on his way home on Sunday (5 February).