The Ayatollah Khomeini continues to mould his Islamic Revolutionary state, and cries of protest are arising from expatriot Iranians in other countries.
The Ayatollah Khomeini continues to mould his Islamic Revolutionary state, and cries of protest are arising from expatriot Iranians in other countries. In August, Dr. Shapour Bakhtiar, the Shah's last Prime Minister emerged from what he called a "special kind of detention" to announce in Paris, France that he was ready to go back and put the country on its feet. Another expatriot opposition leader Mr. Djayad Alamir, founder of the Democratic Movement and spokesmen for a united front also spoke in Paris, on Wednesday (5 September) about how the leftists and centre-leftists view the suppressions of the new regime.
SYNOPSIS: It was on a balcony above the river Since that Mr. Alamir denounced the present Iranian regime of Ayatollah Khomeini.
Mr. Alamir said that after the fall of the Kurdish strongholds of Mahabad and Baneh one point is becoming apparent in what he referred to as "the Iranian tragedy." He said that one tragedy is that of the Kurds in Mahabad. Cholera, famine and other diseases have forced eighty-five percent of the one hundred thousand people to flee. The recent expulsions of foreign newsmen and the closing of most of the opposition newspapers in Iran paints the sort of picture of what is happening, Mr. Alamir said. He accused the Ayatollah of creating a regime which is becoming more and more dictatorial, and allowing no opposition.
He said that is why, the leftist parties in Iran have formed a united front. These he claimed, are the true revolutionaries who caused the fall of the Shah's regime. And now, those of the centre and left of centre are joining them.
Meanwhile in Iran, the Revolutionary Guard has issued a twenty-four hour ultimatum to the Kurds in and around the former rebel stronghold of Saqqez to hand in their arms. The warning added that after the deadline, mopping-up operations would begin in the whole area.