[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:] Bakhtiar

[Date:] 28 Ordibehesht 1334 [19 May 1955]

[Issue No.:] 492

 

The Minister of Interior Brought the Government Out of the Parliamentary Impasse

On Tuesday, the National Consultative Assembly was spectacular... The issue of confiscation of Baha’i property and the government action in pursuit of them was a stalemate. The government’s jump over the barrier seemed impossible. What would be the response of the government to the international community, if it went ahead quickly and enacted the confiscation law?

If the government had come up short, had shown weakness, had hesitated and had compromised, the shouts of the religious circles would have been loud and the instigators would have had a chance, and it would never have been over…

Mr. Naraghi was holding the proclamation of the holy ayatollah and was shouting loudly, “He has given a fatwa [religious decree]! He has given a fatwa and we should act according to his fatwa.”

Once again, Alam’s speech in a private meeting did its job … Although Mr. Alam called the Baha’is misleading, he in no way recognized them as God-fearing men and considered their propaganda harmful to the country. He said, “We do not need a new law; the government is strong and capable and with the same power can punish the disruptive elements,” and he read the important circular of the Ministry of Interior…