INTRODUCTION: Deposed Iranian President Bani-Sadr has called on the Iranian people to form a new government and take the affairs of the country in their hands.
SCU Bani-Sadr speaking. 2.35
Background: PARIS, FRANCE
INTRODUCTION: Deposed Iranian President Bani-Sadr has called on the Iranian people to form a new government and take the affairs of the country in their hands. Speaking in exile from Paris on Monday (31 August), Mr. Bani-Sadr said Sunday's (30 August) bomb attack on the Prime Minister's office which killed President Mohammad Ali Rajai and Prime Minister Javad Bohonar was a violent reaction to the recent government crackdown on leftist activists. The former Iranian President reflected on the assassination in this special interview.
SYNOPSIS: The question from the interviewer was that, as the President and the Prime Minister of the Iranian Republic had been killed in Sunday's (30 August) bombing, and were being buried in Teheran, where was Iran going?
Mr. Bani-Sadr said he could only envisage two possibilities, two assumption of the race towards violence, while those responsible for the regime are engaged in a cycle of more executions, and more explosions. From this he predicted a dark future. The exiled President said the other possibility was his ... and claimed it was more optimistic. He said he believes the Ayatollah Khomeini has not lost his reason and that he understands that, if the Shah failed, that if the dictatorship of the Shah failed in spite of all its power and foreign support, he would not be able to replace that rule by an anarchic dictatorship.
Mr. Bani-Sadr said if the Ayatollah Khomeini understands and accepts the declaration that he, Bani-Sadr, made to the people, they had to be responsible for Iran's destiny and the return of the freedom of expression, then Bani-Sadr's forces would win.
He then went on to specify this freedom. Mr. Bani-Sadr said it included the freedom of the press, of political parties, of meetings and the complete abolition of revolutionary tribunals, plus the liberation of prisoners. He said if a new government is to be accepted by everyone in Iran, it must be able to organise real elections and to give the country a legitimate regime, with liberties accepted by the people.
At the funeral of President Ali Rajai and Prime Minister Javad Bohonar, the speaker of the Iranian parliament told the mourners that people were seeking revenge, and all counter-revolutionaries should be put to death. There was a massive show of support for the Revolutionary regime with about one million people crowding the streets of Teheran to see the cortege pass, and to pay their last respects to the President and Prime Minister.
Source: REUTERS - PIERRE RIHOUET