Empress Farah of Iran was quoted on Friday (15 December 1978) as saying that she will never become an exile and would rather die in her own country than live abroad.
Empress Farah of Iran was quoted on Friday (15 December 1978) as saying that she will never become an exile and would rather die in her own country than live abroad. Britain's Daily Express newspaper, in an exclusive interview with the Shah's wife, quoted her as saying, "I would never accept becoming an exile. That would be intolerable. I would rather die here." She gave the interview at the Niavara Palace, outside Teheran, between taking telephone calls giving her news of the latest disorders in Persia.
SYNOPSIS: In other parts of the world anti-Shah demonstrations, staged by Iranians living abroad, continue. In New Delhi a group of 79 students occupied the Iranian Cultural Centre for 24 hours. They were arrested on Thursday (14 December 1978) but later released on bail. In the early stages of the seige they would only talk to reporters through a locked window.
The walls wee daubed with painted slogans denouncing the Shah's regime and praising what the students termed the "armed struggle" in Iran.
While their occupation lasted the students ransacked the offices of the centre, destroying photographs and a movie-film showing the Shah. The students were arrested when they emerged from the building, but have been freed on bail until the 28th December when they will appear in court in New Delhi.