• Short Summary

    "Civil war could erupt in Iran unless Prime Minister Shapur Bakhtiar and the Ayatollah Khomeini reach agreement on a political solution within two or three days." That is the present situation according to Reuters News Agency which quotes "highly-placed Iranian government officials."
    After returning to a triumphant welcome by millions of devotees on Thursday (1 February) the Ayatollah told Doctor Bakhtiar's government it should step down or face arrest.

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    "Civil war could erupt in Iran unless Prime Minister Shapur Bakhtiar and the Ayatollah Khomeini reach agreement on a political solution within two or three days." That is the present situation according to Reuters News Agency which quotes "highly-placed Iranian government officials."
    After returning to a triumphant welcome by millions of devotees on Thursday (1 February) the Ayatollah told Doctor Bakhtiar's government it should step down or face arrest.

    SYNOPSIS: The Ayatollah received more than one hundred thousand people who flocked to the Islamic School in Central Teheran on Friday (2 February) to welcome him and pledge their support.

    They massed closed to his window shouting, "We are your soldiers and we await your orders", "God is great" and "Death to Bakhtiar". It was yet another demonstration of support for the aged priest. Turbanned Mullahs (Moslem clergymen) were first to arrive at his headquarters and they were followed by tens of thousands of supporters. He waved to them, acknowledged their support and touched their outstretched hands. It was yet another demonstration of his power to draw crowds.

    The Ayatollah did not announce a political programme on Friday (2 February 1979)...his first full day back in Iran after fifteen years...but he did say he would soon move to the holy city of Qom, where observers expected him to set up his long-term headquarters.

    While the Ayatollah's aides tried to control his enthusiastic supporters, Prime Minister Bakhtiar said he would accept pro-Khomeini politicians in his government. But he added that he would disregard any declaration of an Islamic Republic.

    But the most vocal side of the political equation in Iran is on the streets, constantly willing to voice their adulation for the Ayatollah Khomeini.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAE5S11O8O979HRQOEIQ7SIW8S7
    Media URN:
    VLVAE5S11O8O979HRQOEIQ7SIW8S7
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/02/1979
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:00:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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