Dozens of chanting Bahrain demonstrators gathered outside the Islamic Parliament building in Teheran on December 19, on the first anniversary of the mass arrest of plotters, who were aiming to overthrow the Bahrain monarchy.
1. GV TILT DOWN & PAN Demonstrators chanting outside Islamic Parliament building; they hold portraits of Ayatollah Khomeini and Bahrain prisoners; these portraits also line railings outside building. 0.18
2. SCUs & SVs Demonstrators including many women in chadors, waving banners and chant. (3 SHOTS) 0.34
3. SCUs Women, many carrying children, waving fists. (3 SHOTS) 0.40
4. SVs Young children among demonstrators. (2 SHOTS) 0.50
5. SV & GVs Young men, wearing head scarves, shake their fists. (3 SHOTS) 1.05
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Background: TEHERAN, IRAN
Dozens of chanting Bahrain demonstrators gathered outside the Islamic Parliament building in Teheran on December 19, on the first anniversary of the mass arrest of plotters, who were aiming to overthrow the Bahrain monarchy. In a gesture of solidarity with the accused, now imprisoned in Bahrain, the demonstrators chanted anti-Bahrain slogans and waved portraits of the Iranian leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. They set up portraits of the coup plotters in front of the Parliament buildings. Homen dressed in traditional chador and carrying young children joined force with young men, their faces hidden under the keffiyeh, or huge scarf. The proposed coup was to have taken place on Bahrain National Day, December 16, last year, but was foiled just days earlier with the arrest of more than 70 people. The Iranian-supported plot aimed to forment an Islamic Revolution in Bahrain. Relations between the two countries have been severely strained since the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran. During the Shah's reign, Iran had claimed Bahrain as part of its own territory but dropped the claim after United Nations intervention. This claim has been revived by the Khomeini regime, and Iranian revolutionaries have made several forays into Bahrain territory.
Source: REUTERS - MAHMOUD OSKOUI