In Iran, about two thousand supporters of the radical Mujahedin guerrillas continued a vigil on Wednesday (15 August), outside the organisation's Teheran headquarters.
In Iran, about two thousand supporters of the radical Mujahedin guerrillas continued a vigil on Wednesday (15 August), outside the organisation's Teheran headquarters. The organisation is regarded as Marxist byu fundamentalist Moslems, and it has come under attack in the past few days.
SYNOPSIS: About ten thousand left wingers were attacked on Tuesday (14 August) by a small band of Moslem militants as the leftists marched toward the Islamic stronghold of southern Teheran.
Tuesday's violence was the third successive day of street clashes in the Iranian capital. And the continuing violence led the government to impose restrictions on demonstrations for the first time since the february revolution which toppled the Shah. Hardline Moslems armed with iron bars and staves, threw stones and bricks at the leftists. The leftists did not retaliate, but continued their march towards southern Teheran.
Armed revolutionary guards were forced to spend the night guarding the headquarters of the Mujahedin Moslems from attack. The guards mingled with the demonstrators and fired burst of automatic fire into the air apparently to try to keep the two sides apart. Guards have also been posted around the Prime Minister's office and other sensitive points because of the continued unrest.