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    In Iran there has been a campaign recently to wipe out western influence. Among the?

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    In Iran there has been a campaign recently to wipe out western influence. Among the targets for revolutionary zealots carrying out the wishes of the Ayatollah Khomeini the destruction of alcoholic drinks has been given top priority. According to Moslem law the consumption of alcohol is forbidden.

    SYNOPSIS: Here at the Intercontinental Hotel in Teheran on Thursday (14 June) militiamen indulged in an orgy of destruction. Despite protests from the manager, Hartwing Schnuppe, over three hundred thousand U.S. dollar's worth of drink was poured down the drain.

    They had arrived the previous day (13 June) with a written order to destroy the hotel's stock of alcohol and demanded the keys to the store room. For some time previously Mr Schnuppe had been negotiating to save his stock -- at first foreigners were given permission to have drinks served to them in their rooms -- and when this was withdrawn Mr Schnuppe tried to make arrangements to have the alcohol flown out of the country.

    But his efforts proved fruitless and as the militiamen went about their task champagne corks popped, French vintage wine and Scotch whisky flowed -- but not a thirst was quenched. Eyewitnesses said the revolutionaries performed their duties with relish.Earlier they had said that if necessary they would shoot down the door of the stock room to get at the alcohol.

    As the destruction continued the air was filled with alcoholic fumes--which provoked complaints from people in a nearby catering establishment. Similar attacks have been made on most other hotels and restaurants in Iran--and the final indignity is that the managements are obliged to clear up the debris when the smashing up operation is over.

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