[PROVISIONAL TRANSLATION FROM Persian]

 

[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets.]

[Personal information has been redacted.]

[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]

 

[Newspaper:] Aaftab-e Shargh

[Date:] 20 Ordibehesht 1334 [11 May 1955]

[No.:] 36

 

Baha’i Saga and Government View

Mr. Falsafi’s inflammatory sermons over the past few days and the occupation of the Haziratul-Quds have once again raised the question of Baha’ism.  In parallel with these events, it is generally believed that government does not wish to support such harsh measures.

Government disagreement is mainly due to the fact that it is afraid that unfortunate events may occur and certain groups may take advantage of these incidents. It is as if, in recent times, the opposition to the government and some agitators had circulated rumours and created mass panic.

Within the past two or three days, rumours spread suddenly in Tehran that Baha’is had attacked and looted a few stores belonging to the Muslims. Two days later, the opposite rumours circulated that certain mobs had attacked and looted Baha’i-owned stores. However, it became evident later that all these were false propaganda in order to create mass panic.

 

[Remarks under the photo of the building]

Hazirat’ul-Quds, centre of Baha’i propaganda, a few moments after occupation by the law enforcement agents

 

[Remarks under the photo of Mr. Falsafi]

Mr. Falsafi, the illustrious preacher, whose sermons caused the Baha’i centre, Hazirat’ul-Quds, to be occupied by the government forces.