In Teheran, police and students fought on Thursday (1 June) for the second time this week.
In Teheran, police and students fought on Thursday (1 June) for the second time this week. The number injured, mainly by flying stones and bricks, was not known, but witnesses saw several ambulances leave the scene. Teheran University has been a centre of unrest during several months of anti-government demonstrations throughout Iran. The student protests came as government and conservative Moslem leaders clashed over the increasing 'westernization' of the country.
SYNOPSIS: The Moslem holy city of Qom, 100 miles (160 kilometres) south of Teheran has been the scene of some of the worst rioting. Conservative spiritual leaders and their followers are increasingly concerned over what they see as a threat to their strict beliefs. They pose perhaps the most serious threat to the Shah of Iran's rule since the early 1960s. One of the Shah's main opponents is Ayatollah Shariatmadari. He has called for a return to the Iranian constitution of 1908, which would allow the Shah to reign, but not to rule. As well, a council of Moslem priests would have more say in the running of the country. Shariatmadari survived a recent battle with Iranian soldiers and police in Qom. One of his followers managed to make a recording of the shooting.
There were two casualties; one priest was killed and another was badly wounded. A priest's turban, covered in blood, still lies on the Persian carpet.
Bullet cartridges, picked up after the battle. Official figures put the death toll, since the disturbances began, at 'no more the 20', but the opposition maintains as many as 300 may have been killed. This priest is recovering from a heart attack after the confrontation in which his colleague was shot. Shattered windows, and bullet-gouged walls have been left untouched since the deaths. Spiritual leaders in Iran say the government will have no rest until their demands for constitutional government have been granted.