The Iranian government has given the Ayatollah Khomeiny permission to return to Iran. The Ayatollah?
The Iranian government has given the Ayatollah Khomeiny permission to return to Iran. The Ayatollah who has been in exile for fifteen years wants to set up a strict Islamic republic. Her refuses to recognise Prime Minister, Shapur Bakhtiar who was appointed before the Shah of Iran was forced to leave the country two weeks ago. Despite the decision by Mr. Bakhtiar and his cabinet to re-open Teheran airport which has been closed for six days on government orders and to allow the Ayatollah to return to Iran, violence continues in the streets of the capital.
SYNOPSIS: It's an everyday scene now in Teheran, police and military move through the streets to secure expected trouble spots....there were fifteen truckloads of armed troops in this caravan....
Some holy men or mullahs have been taking to the streets, pleading with the demonstrators to try and avoid violence. By late afternoon on Monday (29 January) the mood in the streets turned ugly. Moslem crowds ran through the streets setting fires. Troops opened fire and there were casualties.
Apart from setting fires in the streets, the Moslem demonstrators focused their rage on that are regarded as the unsavoury aspects of the modernisation of their country. Two cinemas, several liquor stores and a brewery were set alight.
Police and troops are under orders to try and prevent violence. But in the face of fierce rioting they're continuing to fire into crowds and to use tear gas to try and quell demonstrations.
During the rioting on Monday (29 January) an Iranian Army leader, General Ragi Matifi was dragged from his car, knifed and beaten.
Towards evening fires continued to burn in the streets of Teheran, many of them in the poorer south-side of the city. The mood in the city remains tense as its people await the return of Ayatollah Khomeiny possibly on Thursday (1 February) and his expected clash with Mr. Bakhtiar's government.