[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:] Sobh-e Azadegan

[Date:] 18 Khordad 1359 - 24 Rajab 1400 - 8 June 1980

[Issue No.:] 122

[Page:] 10

 

A Report From the Zamzam Production Group

Several factories that belonged to this production group were set on fire during the Revolution.

The [Zamzam] Group, with a total capital of 98 million toman and 12 factories around the country, with little impact from the development of the Islamic Revolution, was collapsing day by day in terms of management and administration. On the one hand, its Baha’i management and ownership, and on the other hand, the contradiction of having a Muslim group of workers, exacerbated this conflict. The matter became more serious, causing the managers to take advantage, and by provoking the Baha’i workers, clashes between Baha’i and Muslim workers were created, to the point where, with the increasing spread of the Islamic revolution, aggressive attacks on the factory equipment were made by the Muslim workers. [In practical terms,] plotters were able to divert the people’s anger and hatred into a very primitive way of fighting and destroying the assets, the real owners of which were themselves. Although these incidents did not happen in all the factories, they indeed caused damages in Mashhad and Shiraz, where it took place. The workers realized only after the Revolution that these damages had been inflicted upon themselves. Eventually, the Revolution was triumphant, and the Zamzam Group was placed at the disposal of the Mostazafan Foundation.

... although the Council has had active cooperation with the management in sensitive centres for purging the influential and fanatical Baha’is, and has assumed the heavy responsibility of consolidating the Islamic atmosphere and spirit in the factories. Luckily the Council has been successful until now....