Iranian authorities have ordered Islamic Revolutionary Guards to break up unauthorised demonstrations as rival political factions continue their bloody streetbattles over the closure of Iranian newspapers.
TEHERAN, IRAN (AUGUST 13, 1979) (REUTERS)
LV AND CU demonstrators carrying pictures of Ayatollah Khomeini (2 SHOTS)
TOP VIEWS mass demonstrators in procession chanting (3 SHOTS)
Close top view demonstrators changing and gesticulating (2 SHOTS)
CU Women holding banners and chanting
Top view mass demonstrators chanting (3 SHOTS)
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Background: Iranian authorities have ordered Islamic Revolutionary Guards to break up unauthorised demonstrations as rival political factions continue their bloody streetbattles over the closure of Iranian newspapers. Papers like the daily Ayandegan and the satirical weekly Ahangar fell victim to stricter press laws issued on Sunday (12 August). Under the new press code any attack on Iran's religious leadership can be met with a three year prison sentence.
Hardline Moslems and rightwing Iranians supporting the Ayatollah Khomeini took to the streets on Monday (13 August) -- not just to demonstrate their approval of the new press laws but also to condemn left wing actions undertaken against the closure of Ayandegan. The demonstrators chanted slogans against the paper and its supporters, noisily branded as imperialists. The Islamic Mojahedeens called the demonstrations, against -- as they said -- the psychological warfare of these imperialists. It was the third consecutive day of violence in the streets of the capital sparked off by Ayandegan's closure over the weekend.
The press laws have brought into the open a rift between Iran's right and left wing factions -- once united in bringing down the Shad, but now bitterly divided over the course their revolution should take. And while this march went off peacefully, another group or Mojahedeens ransacked the left wing Fedayeen headquarters in apparent continuation of the open warfare declared between the left and right. But these hardlines and Islamic militants took to Teheran's streets to urge their government to be firmer with the enemies of their republic.