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


[Newspaper:] Kayhan

[Date:] 15 Esfand 1357 [6 March 1979]


Taher Ahmad-zadeh: This Time, Imperialism and Zionism Will Not Come Up With the “Long Live the Shah” Slogan.

Taher Ahmadzadeh, the father of Masoud and Majid Ahmadzadeh, who are, martyrs of the

Fadaiyan-e Khalgh Organization [Organization of Iranian People’s Fadaiyan], attended yesterday’s ceremony celebrating Dr. Mohammad Mosaddegh as a great man, standard-bearer of the people’s movement, warrior against the British, and a symbol of nobility and virtue. He described the life experience and services of Dr. Ali Shariati and also described his experience of constitutionalism that led to the means for exploitation and regressive thinking in which the Baha’is succeeded in promoting their religion, and the Masons took over the leadership. He also talked about his own experience of the national movement of the people of Iran and the problems that its religious and national leaders have faced. At the end of his speech, he warned the people that imperialism and Zionism would no longer appear with the “Long Life to Shah” slogan; rather they would try to cause division under the cover of religious extremists under the banner of Imam Khomeini and the flag of the Iranian revolution. The revolutionary elements from every level of the society are responsible for protecting this religious and popular movement.  As Imam Khomeini said in Qom, this revolution was created by the oppressed and deprived of the society, and the same group will benefit from it. And the affluent and upper classes will not share it.