In Iran official sources said on Monday (25 December) that four demonstrators were killed during scattered clashes in Teheran on Sunday (24 December).
In Iran official sources said on Monday (25 December) that four demonstrators were killed during scattered clashes in Teheran on Sunday (24 December). I was the first official confirmation in the capital of deaths during Sunday's disturbances. But opposition sources spoke of eight dead and many more injured.
SYNOPSIS: The latest casualty figures came a s pro-Shah demonstrators gathered in the streets in and around Teheran to show their support for the Shah. The monarchy has been ruling Iran for the past 37 year, and opposition leader Karim Sanjabi told an anti government rally of five thousand people on Monday 25 December) that he personally advised the Shah that the only way to restore law and order in the country was for the monarch to leave Iran.
The pro-Shah demonstrators did not seem influenced by their opposition, who staged demonstrations in Teheran, during which four people were reported killed and many injured. Demonstrators challenged troops in scattered clashes throughout the capital. Tension was reported to have run high as military helicopters clattered over Teheran trying to spot incidents.
The worst scenes happened outside the American Embassy, where youths attempted to enter the embassy grounds. The demonstrators tried to smash American vehicles. Most of them were teenagers. On the day Iran's schools were closed.
U.S. Marine guards fired tear gas, until Iranian troops arrived. The demonstrators answered by hurling stones and rocks over the walls of the compound, but they were eventually driven back by government troops. There has been little opportunity for Teheran's Christians to celebrate Christmas; but as a concession to them electricity workers lifted their nightly black-out of the capital.