INTRODUCTION: The Saudi Arabian eight-point plan to set up an independent Palestinian state which has met with opposition throughout the Arab world, was the focus of a demonstration by exiled Irquis in Teheran on Wednesday (25 November).
CU PULL BACK GV Protestors with banners and posters of Khomeini
SV Crowds chanting and raising clenched fists
SV PAN Poster saying "We strongly reject the American Plan of Fahd"
SV PULL BACK GV Women chanting
SV Poster of Khomeini being hung on wall
SCU Demonstrator speaking in English
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The Saudi Arabian eight-point plan to set up an independent Palestinian state which has met with opposition throughout the Arab world, was the focus of a demonstration by exiled Irquis in Teheran on Wednesday (25 November). The protest was time to coincide with the Arab Summit conference being held in Morocco and was organised by the Islamic Dawa Party.
SYNOPSIS: Thousands of Shi'ite Moslems have been expelled from Iraq in the last two years. They came to Iran after being accused of rebellion in their homeland. On Wednesday, hundreds of them gathered in front of the American Embassy to protest against the Saudi peace plan. Posters of Ayatollah Khomeini and banners written in English were hoisted for the benefit of newsmen filming the event. One poster pinned to the railings of the embassy referred to the Saudi plan as 'American'. Among the demonstrators were women who led the chanting of slogans.
The Khomeini regime has already rejected the Saudi plan. Ayatollah Khomeini speaking earlier this month condemned Prince Fahd's plan and urged other Islamic nations to do the same. The plan, which calls for an independent Palestinian state, was also rejected by Israel. The demonstrators in Teheran seemed convinced that the peace initiative had come from the United States. The continuing war between Iran and Iraq has resulted in the expulsion of many people of Iranian origin from Iraq. In Iran, the number of executions of dissidents has risen dramatically this year. Iraq is supporting dissident groups there to overthrow Khomeini's government. Both economies are floundering. Foreign exchange payments from Iran have almost ceased. Earlier this year, shipments to the country were stopped because of failure to pay for orders. In Iraq, the government has problems with its oil resources -- many refineries have been lost in the fighting. The protestors in Iran, members of the Islamic Dawa Party have challenged the Iraq's government on the streets. The President checked the movement by pitting his party militia against them in Iraq with instructions to gun down Islamic activists on sign. These Iraqis are bitter at their treatment. A demonstrator interview at the protest described the Saudi plan as being against all Arab states.