[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:] Daad

[Date:] 8 Tir 1334 [30 June 1955]

[Issue No.:] 4157

 

What Goes On Behind the Scenes in Parliament?

Truth about Shiraz Incident

… Yesterday, members of the committees for agriculture, budget, and planning went to the Baharestan Palace at 9:00 a.m. to hold private discussions in their chambers about two political matters. The discussions were, of course, around the political matters of the day, and before anything else, the discussion came up about the event that, as announced by the government, happened in Shiraz …

… One of the representatives of Fars said that according to what he had heard the day that His Imperial Majesty arrived in Shiraz, a group of people attacked the place believed to belong to the Baha’is, with spades and pickaxes, and destroyed it. They were followers of the famed Seyyed Norruddin, who has a powerful and influential position in Shiraz.

Apparently, in the recent two days, the Baha’is attempted to build a wall around the ruins of that place. But as soon as the people who had destroyed the property heard, they obtained permission from Seyyed Norruddin, to attack and demolish the half-built wall, without paying any attention to the police who were trying to disperse them. On the contrary, they confronted them and escalated the situation to physical altercation, whereby a few people were injured. This was the true story of Shiraz, which was an ordinary incident. Of course, with the recent campaign against Baha’ism, one could predict the occurrence of such an incident…