[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]
[Date:] 29 Dey 1334 [20 January 1956]
[Issue No.:] 427
The Friday Prayer Leader and Coca Cola Soft Drink
Following last week’s report by this newspaper regarding the competition between the Pepsi Cola and Coca Cola factories, Sobhi Mohtadi, the storyteller of Tehran Radio Station, said on his Friday programme, “I like Coca Cola more than Pepsi Cola and I only drink Coca Cola”. This statement by [Mr.] Sobhi was said deliberately, and overall, it was the confirmation of our last week’s report, in which we wrote that the conflict between the two factories is a kind of religious competition and, in short, is a struggle between the Baha’is and the Armenians.
We received other news that, for a few days, in the cafes and restaurants of the streets and bazaars, customers have been offered Coca Cola instead of Pepsi Cola. All in all, the executives of the Pepsi Cola factory have benefitted fully from a year and a half’s sale [of Pepsi Cola], and it seems difficult to achieve anything by fighting them.
Despite all this, Dr. Seyyed Hasan Emami (the Friday prayer leader of Tehran) allowed a large Coca Cola billboard to be installed on the roofs of shops that are located in Nasser Khosrow intersection, which are owned by the Soltani Mosque.
In the Tuesday session of parliament, a member of parliament also protested mockingly against exhibition of the foreign [patented] Pepsi Cola at the National Industrial Fair.