A group of Islamic youths shouting "death to communism" broke up Iran's first public demonstration last Friday (22 June) -- to protest plans to push through an Islamic Constitution.
MV EXTERIOR: Islamic youths chanting and holding posters of the Ayatollah Khomeini.
MV PAN TO: crowd member of the secular National Democratic Front addressing crowd.
CU PULL BACK TO chanting crowd (3 shots)
CU: Islamic youths marching through crowd chanting and holding posters. (2 shots)
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Background: A group of Islamic youths shouting "death to communism" broke up Iran's first public demonstration last Friday (22 June) -- to protest plans to push through an Islamic Constitution. A summit meeting of Iran's four top clerics agreed on Wednesday (20 June) to the Ayatollah Khomeini's plan to set up a Council of Examiners to push the Constitution through by next September, rather than set up a fully-fledged Constitutional Assembly. Iran's unofficial Head of State, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini said it was necessary for the nation to elect people at the request of the clergy who are interested in Islam and who know what Islam means.
SYNOPSIS: The rally was organised at Teheran University's football field by the Secular National Democratic Front Movement, (NDF) which opposes the government's plan to push through the strict Islamic constitution. Iran's religious leader have rejected appeals by the secular parties and ethnic minorities to honour an earlier pledge of free elections for a Constituent Assembly.
A resolution read to the rally called on the Islamic authorities to set up a proper Assembly which would allow all revolutionary forces' to have a say. But youths supporting Khomeini drowned out most of the speech.
Ayatollah Khomeini has said that clergymen and experts in Islamic law should dominate a Council of Examiners, who will draft the Islamic constitution. The Ayatollah told his supporters to oppose secular opponents.
The Islamic youths who had begun assembling two hours earlier charged through the crowd waving Iranian flags bearing Khomeini portraits. They harassed the demonstrators, knocked over tables and cut microphone wires. Although vastly outnumbered by the NDF demonstrators, they met with passive resistance.