On Thursday (28 December) the Shah of Iran was confronted with the gravest threat to his 37-year reign as a growing anti-monarchist movement brought the country's business and industrial life virtually to a halt.
On Thursday (28 December) the Shah of Iran was confronted with the gravest threat to his 37-year reign as a growing anti-monarchist movement brought the country's business and industrial life virtually to a halt. As fresh anti-government rioting erupted again in the streets of Teheran, Iranians were officially advised the country has only enough oil to last the people for about a week.
SYNOPSIS: Motorists in Teheran had already started panic buying automobile and household fuel, when the head of the state-owned oil company announced that rationing would be introduced. He called on Moslem leaders to urge striking oil workers to return to their jobs. Later it was announced the country only has enough oil to last a week. The oil strike is proving an even more effective weapon for the opponents to the Shah than the weeks of street demonstrations.
The streets of Teheran continue to echo with gunfire. And there have been reports of major demonstrations near the United States and British embassies. Large crowds were heard shouting and chanting after the 9 p.m. (1730 GMT) curfew, when people are banned from the streets under martial law. But the anti-Shah demonstrators are said to be changing their tactics. Massive demonstrations which produced heavy casualties are less common.
..Instead, hit and run protests, with small groups disrupting traffic and setting fires and erecting barricades, are being used as a protest tactic. Power cuts plunged some areas of Teheran into darkness.
In Teheran, anti-Shah demonstrators buried those killed in earlier clashes. And reports from the southern oil city of Ahvaz claimed thirty deaths in the latest demonstrations.
The fuel shortage is already affecting business in Teheran. Bakers suffering from fuel shortages in the city have warned they will have to suspend bread production soon.