• Short Summary

    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.

  • Description

    1.
    GV armed troops guard Iran Cultural House, shows graffiti on wall
    0.08

    2.
    SV slogans on wall anti-Shah PAN UP building to red flag (TWO SHOTS)
    0.22

    3.
    SV reporters taking notes as Iranian student speaks through window (TWO SHOTS)
    0.54

    4.
    SV INTERIOR Iran students (some with heads covered) chanting anti-Shah slogans
    1.07

    5.
    SV slogans on wall and students burn photographs of Shah (TWO SHOTS)
    1.22

    6.
    SV students chanting and tearing up pictures of Shah and ripping up film
    1.36

    7.
    SV Students chanting around blackboard reading "Down With the Shah, US Puppet"
    1.41


    TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 3: STUDENT: "About twenty-five thousand to forty-thousand (indistinct).. most of them have been killed by the Shah of Iran. And we want justice. We are students from all over India. This is our aim.. to raise our voice. To say that what is happening in Iran. It is not possible because if we open the door then the police will rush inside."



    But eventually the students did allow cameramen inside the building, after releasing a captive, the Iranian Cultural Attache, Reza Alavi.




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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: 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.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAD6AWYRXMD914NZFDRPVAR2KQC
    Media URN:
    VLVAD6AWYRXMD914NZFDRPVAR2KQC
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/12/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:42:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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