[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:] Karzar

[Date:] 19 Ordibehesht 1334 [10 May 1955]

[Issue No.:] 382

 

The day before yesterday, the centre of the Baha’is was occupied by the Military Command – Serious action was taken by the military authorities following the Memorandum of the Military Command regarding the occupation of the Haziratu’l-Quds [Baha’i Centre] to prevent unfortunate incidents.

 

Because Mr. Falsafi made some statements about the Baha[’i] religion in the past few days in the Shah Mosque, it was predicted that fights might break out once again between Muslims and Baha’is and create muddy waters for the benefit of con artists. Therefore, the military commander of Tehran has assigned a group of military authorities to occupy the Haziratu’l-Quds in Behjat-Abad, which is the main location and gathering centre for the Baha’is, with several trucks full of armed soldiers. At this place, a few custodians—who lived there with their wives and children—were dismissed, the rooms of the centre were locked and sealed by the officers, and an armed soldier was assigned to guard each room.

 

Now we turn to the Memorandum of Tehran Military Command regarding the occupation of the Haziratu’l-Quds. Given that the demonstrations and propaganda by the Baha’i sect have excited the emotions of the public, in order to preserve the public order and security, a directive has been issued for the military forces to occupy the propaganda centre of this sect, which is called a Haziratu’l-Quds, so as to prevent any harmful incidents.

 

At this time, the military commander of Tehran expects all of our dear countrymen to be mindful of public order and security and strictly refrain from any kind of demonstration or self-propelled behaviours that would disrupt the public order, and be fully confident that the government, in its efforts to carry out the orders of His Majesty, the King, will take the sentiments and wishes of the people into consideration and always remain attentive to facilitating the security and needs of the public.

 

Military Commander of Tehran

General Bakhtiar