Iranian students in the Philippines gathered at their embassy in Manila on Friday (26 September) to protest against what they called Soviet and United States support for Iraq in its border conflict with Iran.
SV EXT Demonstrators outside Iranian embassy in Manila, Philippines handling out leaflets to passing motorists and pedestrians. (2 SHOTS)
GV Police car parked by side of road with policemen standing around. (2 SHOTS)
CU PULL OUT TO GV Demonstrators in front of embassy.
SV & CU People reading leaflets and posters denouncing United States, Iraq and Soviet Union. (3 SHOTS)
SV INT Student leaders speaking in English and leading demonstration demonstrators in chant. (2 SHOTS)
SV Protest rally in progress.
SPOKESMAN: "We have learnt the American strategy for the past 30 years. We know that america will not to do anything with our very people -- no, they sent their agents. Not only in Iraq, but in Saudi Arabia and in Yemen and even our colleagues in United Arab Emirates, Jordan, (INDISTINCT) because our people are fighting for their freedom, and the freedom for the oppressive people all over the world, we will be the winners."
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Background: Iranian students in the Philippines gathered at their embassy in Manila on Friday (26 September) to protest against what they called Soviet and United States support for Iraq in its border conflict with Iran. The students distributed leaflets and later gathered for a protest rally in the embassy.
SYNOPSIS: The students claimed both the United States and the Soviet Union were hoping for the collapse of Iran's government. They said the Soviet Union was not far behind the U.S. in what they described as its "satanistic desire" to swallow the world.
The police kept a careful eye on the protesters, who urged other Iranian students to join their protest. "We are ready for martyrdom", read their posters. They called on their colleagues to fight against Iraq which, they claimed used "Russians arms with American support and advice". The two superpowers have stated that they will remain neutral in the conflict, but the student leaders paid scant attention to the assurances from Moscow and Washington.
The students say they are prepared to die as martyrs for Islam to "defeat the superpowers".