[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:] Seday-e Vatan

[Date:] 4 Shahrivar 1334 [27 August 1955]

[Issue No.:] 578

 

Sabet Pasal and Pepsi Cola

Every so often havoc is raised on an issue in this country, but then it is quickly forgotten.

For example, a while ago a commotion started regarding the Baha’is, and in its aftermath a number of people were also murdered in Yazd and Kerman. However, influence played a part in the fight against Baha’is; for instance, in the case of a well-known Baha’i, who owns the Sabet Pasal Company, not only did he not suffer any consequences, but also he produced Pepsi Cola for us, and emptied the public pocket with a drink, the basic ingredients of which is unknown to us.

Reportedly, this Mr. “Pepsi Cola” has connections with high-ranking officials and has gifted a minister a thirty-thousand-dollar stove. Also, rumour has it that the same minister’s wife is often seen with one of the directors of the Sabet Pasal Company at Darband Hotel.

Furthermore, rumour also has it that the state gendarmerie has assigned a number of gendarmes to stand guard over the Pepsi Cola [Company].

We must ask, is it not better to send the gendarmes to Yazd and Kerman so that there will not be a tumult and mayhem similar to the Baha’i killings a while ago? This is called one rooftop and two skies [double standard], a huggermugger country.