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Tuesday, 18 Ordibehesht 1358 [8 May 1979]
300 Demonstrators Make Threats
The Baha’is of “Gata” in Yasouj were threatened that their belongings will be looted if they do not become Muslim.
Yasouj- Ayandegan reporter- Following demonstrations, more than 300 people from among the residents of lower Boyer Ahmad began moving toward the “Gata” area located 90 kilometers from Yasouj, and after placing the area under siege demanded that the residents, who are said to be “Baha’is,” convert to Islam.
The demonstrators threatened the residents of “Gata” saying that if they do not convert to Islam, they will pillage their belongings.
At this time, Ayatollah Malek-Hosseini, religious leader of Yasouj, accompanied by Lieutenant Bagheri, Head of Gendarmerie [Police] Station of that city, as well as other officers, went to the “Gata” area, and with the intercession of Ayatollah Malek-Hosseini the demonstrators were dispersed and abandoned their violent intentions.