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[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:] Roshanfekr

[Date:] 21 Ordibehesht 1334 [12 May 1955]

[Issue No.:] 93

 

The Reason for Occupation of the Haziratu’l-Quds, the Gathering Place of Baha’is.

At ten o’clock on Saturday, the Haziratu’l-Quds of the Baha’is was occupied by the military governor, and a statement with the signature of the military governor to this effect was published in the press on the same day: “Because the demonstrations and propaganda of the Baha’i sect have provoked public sentiment, in order to maintain public order, the law enforcement forces were ordered to occupy the sect’s propaganda centre, which is called the “Haziratu’l-Quds...”

This event should be considered one of the most interesting events of the year 1334 [1955/1956].

In the same situation, in the City of Qom, it was rumoured that Ayatollah Borujerdi intends to visit the holy city of Najaf and settle permanently in Iraq. This rumour and the speeches of Mr. Falsafi, which are broadcast on Radio Tehran, made the government determined to close the Haziratu’l-Quds and occupy their meeting place. As a result, on Saturday, the governor’s office was stationed at that site.

How Was the Haziratu’l-Quds Occupied?

At ten o’clock on Saturday morning, a military governor’s officer went with four trucks of soldiers to Shiraz Street, the street next to the Haziratu’l-Quds. At first, the soldiers got out of the truck and lined up next to the brick wall of the Haziratu’l-Quds. The governor’s officer knocked, and it was not long before the caretaker opened the door for him. The soldiers entered the Haziratu’l-Quds area after announcing their mission to him.