Many thousands of supporters of the Fedayeen-I-Khalq -- the Marxist guerrilla organisation -- gathered outside Teheran University on Thursday (7 February) to remember those who had died fighting for their cause.
GTV Great crowds of people standing in silence (3 shots)
CU Flag with portraits of Fedayeen fighters
CU Group of women singing Fedayeen song with families of dead Fedayeen looking on; women collecting money in white box, mother and baby and portraits of Fedayeen heroes
GV Crowds applaud
CU Fedayeen member speaking into microphone to crowd, crowds listening (4 shots)
GV Crowd applauds
CU Another Fedayeen official speaking
GV Crowds clapping hands above their heads
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Background: Many thousands of supporters of the Fedayeen-I-Khalq -- the Marxist guerrilla organisation -- gathered outside Teheran University on Thursday (7 February) to remember those who had died fighting for their cause. It was one of several massive left-wing shows of strength recently, although the Fedayeen is officially banned by the Iranian government.
SYNOPSIS: Great crowds stand in silence outside the university as they honour the memory of Fedayeen comrades who died during or since the revolution and are regarded as martyrs. The Marxist organisation -- considered to be one of Iran's biggest left-wing groups -- played a leading role in the bloody so-called "Battle for Teheran" which finally led to the downfall of the Shah.
A Fedayeen song as the mothers and fathers of the dead fighters look on. The Fedayeen have been repeatedly denounced by the Ayatollah Khomeini, the Iranian leader, as anti-nationalist. But the left-wing group has become increasingly popular with young educated Iranian who are said to be disillusioned with the direction the revolution has been taking.
The demonstrators are being warned against what their leaders call the "power hungry opportunists" acting in the name of Allah. Nearly twenty-four other leftist groups have emerged since the Islamic revolution permitted this new freedom of expression.
The Fedayeen-I-Kalq followers are believed to command much more mass support than many other left-wing groups in Iran. This was one of their biggest shows of strength since the overthrow of the Shah last year.