More than half a million people marched through the streets of Teheran on Friday (4 JULY) roaring approval for the hardline manifesto backing the fundamentalist course of the Iranian revolution.
GV People at prayer (2 SHOTS)
GV Pro-Khomeini demonstrators with banners.
SV Military and civilians chanting. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: More than half a million people marched through the streets of Teheran on Friday (4 JULY) roaring approval for the hardline manifesto backing the fundamentalist course of the Iranian revolution. The state radio in the capital said millions took part in nation-wide demonstrations in a show of support for the Islamic republic.
SYNOPSIS: The crowds gathered first outside Teheran University for prayers. They were read a sixteen-point manifesto which demands the dissolution of Iran's two major left-wing groups, tougher action by the revolutionary courts and further purging of counter revolutionaries from government posts. There was no mention of the deposed Shad or of the fifty three American hostages. The demonstration came one day after the Iranian Foreign Minister Sadeq Qotbzadeh announced that a large number of Soviet diplomats would have to leave Iran.
Friday's rally was seen as a clear signal to dissenters of the popular support for the Ayatollah who has called for a return to the basic tenets of the revolution. Street riots in Teheran, political in-fighting, a doctor' strike and the enforcement of an Islamic dress code for women are some of the issues that have stirred controversy. But there has been a rush to enact the Ayatollah's orders issued last weekend (28 and 29 JUNE). From Saturday (5 July) women working in Government departments and official bodies will be required to wear Islamic dress.
As part of the purge workers have been burning pamphlets and pictures from the days of the Shah's regime.