[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:] Siyasat

[Date:] 20 Ordibehesht 1334 [11 May 1955]

[Issue:] 652

[Page:] 4

 

Since fanatical Muslims, during the three-day “Ahya” [nights of 19 – 21 and 23 of the month of Ramadan dedicated to prayer by Shias] may take actions against the Baha’is, a telegram was issued by the minister of the interior to all governors general and governors to ensure full security and maintain order.

According to the reports from the cities, anti-Baha’i protests are still ongoing, and in several places residents have filed petitions and sent them to the centre [capital] asking that the Baha’is be expelled.

Reports are received from some cities that people have sent telegrams to local and central law enforcement asking for the occupation of Baha’i centres, and for their deportation.

As it has been telegraphed by our reporter from Yazd, since yesterday, the large and spacious Baha’i Haziratul-Quds [Baha’i Centre] of Yazd has been monitored by police to prevent any malicious incidents.

An informed officer said, “Today, because of the three-day ‘Ahya’, the fanatical and incited Muslims might launch operations against the Baha’is, disrupting peace and order and causing malicious incidents. 

A telegram has been issued by the minister of the interior to all governors’ general, regional governors and commanders nationwide, to take care of the order during the three-day “Ahya”.

The telegram is as follows.

“The Provincial Governorate Generals and Governorate Offices,

Please prohibit the governors general and the governors and the law enforcement officers from taking leave of absence or leaving their posts during the three-day ‘Ahya’ holidays. They should work closely to maintain order and security.

 

Minister of the Interior”