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Brigadier General Elias Daneshvar, Esteemed Commander of Gendarmerie,
Respectfully, we wish to bring to your attention that, given that the responsibility of ensuring the safety of the lives, properties and honour of the people of this land rests with you, and indeed, according to the need, time and place, you have been safeguarding and protecting various strata of the nation and different classes and statuses of people and the minorities, and even though you have been vigilant in your duties and have done, and continue to do, what is necessary to guarantee order and security, nevertheless, according to the precept of “And remind, for indeed, the reminder benefits the believers” [Quran, Adh-Dhariyat 51:55], it has become necessary to draw your attention to the fact that, here and there, the members of the Baha’i community of Iran have been informed that the agents of sedition are planning to take advantage of the events of the middle of Shaban, and, God forbid, cause harm to the lives, properties and the honour of the Baha’is.
Therefore, given that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” our community wishes to submit its plea to you to issue a circular with necessary instructions concerning the preservation of the best interest of the state in the protection of the lives, properties and honour of the followers of this religious minority. We wish to extend our gratitude in advance for all your efforts concerning this matter and offer our most sincere regards.
On behalf of the Baha’i community
Dr. Hosein Naji