[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:] Mehr-e Iran
[Date:] 7 Khordad 1334 [29 May 1955]
[Issue No:] 78
In its editorial, the Times newspaper writes:
“A number of influential and powerful demagogues during the reign of Dr. Mossaddegh were attempting to get things back to their former levels
The military commander told the Times reporter in Tehran: “We will fight against the anarchists, regardless of whether they act as clergy, whether as patriots or foreign agents. Since the shah has held the leadership in his hands, the public has gained trust and confidence. The Baha’is are a group who want to cause disorder. They should not be called a religious minority; for this reason, the government fights against them.”
The Times of London, in its latest edition—which has reached Tehran—has published an article and commentary regarding the arrest of five heads of the National Resistance Movement. Here we share an important portion of it with the readers of Mehr-e Iran:
“Brigadier General Bakhtiar, the military commander of Tehran, mentioned to the Times reporter that five individuals who had held important posts during the Mosaddegh government were arrested, since they were acting against the public security. These five individuals, who were sent to prisons in the South, are: Bagher Kazemi, who was the deputy prime minister during Mosaddegh’s government; Dr. Moazzami, the head of the parliament at the time of Mosaddegh; Amir-Alaei, one of his cabinet members; Naieni, the manager of a pro-Mosaddegh newspaper; and Saeid Fatemi, the nephew of Dr. Fateie [Fatemi], who was executed in Tehran a while ago.
… The Times newspaper then brings up the matter of the destruction of the Haziratu’l-Quds, and writes: “The Iranian army chief of staff and a few other army commanders went to the Haziratu’l-Quds, the Bahá’í Centre of Tehran, for its destruction, and demolished a part of it”.
And it writes: “The army officials in Tehran say that the Baha’is are a group who want to cause disorder; [this group] should not be called a religious minority, and it should not be presumed that the government of Iran fights the religious minorities.”