In Iran, at least 40 people may have died in bitter street fighting in the Iranian gulf port of Khorramshahr on Wednesday (30 May).
GV Madame Gitti Purfazel walking to rostrum and is applauded by congress of Iranian Bar Association
SV Mme. Purfazel speaking in Farsi
CU Congress chairman and director-general of National Iranian Oil Company Mr. Hassan Nazih listening
CU Leader of Iranian National Democratic Front Mr. Hedagarollah Matin-Daftari listening
GV Delegates of Congress listening (2 shots)
CU Mm. Purfazel speaking
GV Mme. Purfazel being applauded by congress
SV Mr. Matin-Daftari drinking and speaking
GV Congress delegates listening to speech
CU Mr. Matin-Daftari speaking and congress listening (3 shots)
GV Congress applauding
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Background: In Iran, at least 40 people may have died in bitter street fighting in the Iranian gulf port of Khorramshahr on Wednesday (30 May). Port officials said Arabs attacked the harbour area with petrol bombs, setting buildings ablaze. They've been demanding independence for their home area. This latest attack came only a day after Prime Minister Mehdi Bazargan warned that the country was in great danger from internal discord and division of power.
SYNOPSIS: One of the secular groups which spoke out loudest in opposition to the Shah was Iran's lawyers. And at a congress of the bar association last Monday (28 May) delegates voiced their increasing concern at the drift of the revolution. Among the delegates was the chairman of the National Iranian Oil Company, Hassan Nazih. His workers were instrumental in the downfall of the Shah, and lately they have been taking an increasingly independent line on production and export policies. It was announce on Tuesday (29 May) that crude oil production had fallen by 700,000 barrels a day from last month's average.
Lawyer Gitti Purfazel in her congress address touched on the sensitive subject of women's rights -- an issue which sent thousands of women marching through the streets in protest against attempts to impose the Moslem veil. She said women's rights were an issue of freedom, which she saw as threatened.
What caused the latest outcry was Tuesday's decision by Iran's leaders against holding elections for a constituent assembly. Instead the new constitution will now be decided in a national referendum. But before that, the lawyers -- like many other secular groups -- want more say in its drafting.