In New Delhi, Indian and Iranian students marched through the streets on Monday (5 June) demonstrating against the Shah of Iran.
In New Delhi, Indian and Iranian students marched through the streets on Monday (5 June) demonstrating against the Shah of Iran. The protest marked the anniversary of anti-government disturbances in Iran in 1963 and came on the day when Indian Prime Minister Morarji Desai was having talks with the Shahin Teheran.
SYNOPSIS: The demonstration in New Delhi follows a recent outbreak of political unrest in Iran itself. The students marched through New Delhi's shopping centre, the Iranians in some cases wearing masks to avoid identification. The protestors demanded that the Shah expel from Iran American and Israeli troops and called for the release of political prisoners. They then hanged an effigy of the Shah, now facing the most serious challenge to his rule in 15 years.
The demonstration in India came only four days after a clash between students and police at the University of Teheran.
Later, the students marched to the Iranian Ambassador's residence and handed in a letter of protest. They condemned what they called "the atrocities" committed by the Iranian secret police. While riot police formed a cordon outside the residence, they burned the effigy of the Shah. Last month in Iran a wave of scattered disturbances left 13 dead. Conservative Moslem leaders, supported by students, have called for a return to the Iranian constitution of 1908, which would allow the Shah to reign, but not rule. They are also concerned over the increasing 'westernisation' of Iran.