Kurdish insurgents rejects a call on Wednesday (29 August) to surrender and lay down their arms.
TEHERAN, IRAN (AUGUST 28, 1979) (REUTERS)
GV White hearses among crowd, men carrying wreaths, soldiers saluting hearses as they pass (3 shots)
GV Mourners following hearses while onlookers line street (2 shots)
GV Sergeant carrying wreath followed by soldiers chanting (2 shots)
GV Ambulance used as hearse, surrounded by chanting men, soldiers and civilians
GV Soldiers marching, chanting, with women in black following procession
GV Uniformed troops in ceremonial dress performing slow funeral march
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Background: Kurdish insurgents rejects a call on Wednesday (29 August) to surrender and lay down their arms. A fragile unofficial truce from the bitter fighting between thousands of Kurdish guerrillas and a besieging army force, was broken on Tuesday night (28 August) after the Ayatollah Khomeini turned down a Kurdish peace proposal. Part of the peace plan was for the Kurds to allow the army to set up a new garrison outside Mahabad and camp there during its construction. The Mahabad barracks is in the hands of the Kurds, who took it over in the February revolution. And in Teheran on Tuesday (28 August) twenty-five Iranian soldiers killed in the fighting against the Kurds, were given a ceremonial funeral.
The twenty-five Iranian soldiers were given a large mass funeral by the Islamic revolutionary government. They were killed during fighting in Kurdistan. Heavy fighting in Kurdistan has involved the rebel Kurds, government forces and Ayatollah Khomeini's Revolutionary guards. The Kurds say that their present revolt, which began when the non-Kurish guards were sent to the area, is in response to the attack on their towns by government forces, ordered by Ayatollah Khomeini.
Hundreds of mourners followed the hearses or converted ambulances displaying their grief and anger in loud canting. Official sources have not reported how many soldiers and guards have been killed in the fighting, but unofficial reports put the number of Kurds killed in the past two weeks, at five hundred. Nine serving soldiers were executed along with eleven Kurds, for aiding and abetting the rebels at Saqqez last week.
Iranian civilians are also being sentenced to death, imprisoned or flogged for acts against Islamic law. Fourteen prisoners, were executed on Tuesday (28 August) for inciting riots in the northwestern city of Tabriz. Three people were sentenced to death the same day for adultery, a couple executed by firing squad, and a man and woman given one hundred lashes each for fornication.
While the mourners weep, there is undoubtedly more bloodshed to come. The Kurdish Democratic Party claims that about ten thousand Kurdish men have arms and are prepared to blood".