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


[Newspaper:] Khorasan

[Date:] Wednesday, 4 Bahman 1357 – 25 Safar 1399 – 24 January 1979

[Issue No.:] 8561


In the Name of [God] the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate, Whom We Invoke

For the attention of the brave Muslim military brothers having an unbreakable bond with the Iranian tribes and nation

During the thirteen years of the Ministry of Hoveyda, the phrase, “The applicants are to be the followers of one of the country’s officially recognized religions of Christianity, Zoroastrian and Islam” in the recruitment advertisements of the country’s tripartite forces of military, police and gendarmerie would call attention, and the fearful SAVAK organization had strictly stopped the people from expressing any opinion or protest. By penetration of the anti-religious elements—especially the Baha’i sect that would wear the Islamic mask on their faces—in our law enforcement and security institutions, they committed terrifying disasters worse than those of Genghis [Khan], the Mongols and the Hojjaj, which history cannot recall. The brutal mass killings of the youth, spraying gunfire at the innocent people in the streets and alleys, attacking the houses of the supreme leaders with machine guns, breaking into houses of respectable orators and preachers [who] shed light on savage mass killings and shameful insult to the Holy Shrine of Imam Reza, may peace be upon Him, and the evil assault and massacre of the young and adult patients in hospitals, burning mosques, Qurans and prayer books and horrendous mass killings at the holy places—all are signs that distinguish the Muslim military elements from the impure anti-religious elements and [indicate] that Muslims will not commit such tragic crimes, no matter under whose rule they may be.

Head of Khavari Tribe, Khorasan

Seyyed Hasan ‘Alaminejad