INTRODUCTION: The Iranian dissident movement known as the Nationalist Equality Party has claimed responsibility for Sunday's (28 June) bombing of the Islamic Republican Party headquarters in Teheran.
GV INTERIOR Police and crowd gathered around building after blast
SCU ZOOM TO SV Bodies being removed from debris (4 shots)
SV Rescuers lifting bodies from under masonry (2 shots)
SCU Bodies being removed (3 shots)
SV Rubble being cleared to release more bodies (3 shots)
SV EXTERIOR Ambulance taking bodies away
SV INTERIOR Bodies being cleared away, injured people being assisted out
SCU Ayatollah Beheshti speaking in English
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT)
SEQ. 8: BEHESHTI: "It's a right that Mr. Bani-Sadr has made sharp critics against the government, and it's right that we don't see this acceptable for the people who offer everyday, deal with matters of the ways of the revolution. But what is the ... what will happen after....what is behind this I cannot give an idea about it."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The Iranian dissident movement known as the Nationalist Equality Party has claimed responsibility for Sunday's (28 June) bombing of the Islamic Republican Party headquarters in Teheran. Seventy-two people were killed in the blast which practically destroyed the building. A man claiming to represent the Equality Party telephoned international news agencies in Turkey saying the group were responsible for the blast. It was the third major bombing during a week of violence in Iran following the dismissal of President Abolhassan Bani-Sadr.
SYNOPSIS: About 90 men were in the building, when the bomb exploded in a dustbin beside the podium.
Iran's chief Justice and the leader of the Islamic Republican Party Ayatollah Beheshti was speaking at the time of the blast. He died instantly, along with four cabinet ministers, six deputy ministers and 20 deputies of the Majlis. The other victims were party members or loyal supporters. The explosion brought down the roof and was heard five kilometres (three miles) away.
Rescuers toiled frantically in the rubble, looking for survivors, but their work was mainly the gruesome task of removing the shattered and broken bodies trapped under tonnes of masonry. Prime Minister Mohammad Ali Rajai was one of the survivors. He has broadcast an appeal for calm on the state radio and announced a two-day national holiday with seven day's mourning.
A crowd estimated at 10,000 people marched through the streets of Teheran pledging their support to the parliament. They called on their spiritual leader Ayatollah Khomeini for direction. In a speech at a mosque in the capital, the Ayatollah was reported as saying that the unexpected event had engendered the sorrow of the nation.
Even before the bombing, tension had been high over the impeachment of President Bani-Sadr by the Majlis and his subsequent dismissal by Ayatollah Khomeini. Just before his death, Ayatollah Beheshti made these comments about Mr. Bani-Sadr.