[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:] Ettehad-e Melli

[Date:] 23 Khordad 1334 [14 June 1955]

[Issue No.:] 370

 

Details of Recent Parliament’s Disturbances Not to be Read Anywhere Else

… “There is no freedom. This is terrorism of thought. Oh come and throw him out, ungodly infidel, are you supporting the Baha’is?”

The soldiers were ready and women were trembling to stop the representatives of parliament from fighting. The column of the “Outcomes of National Unity Parliament” was closed for a while, because of the slowdown.  But the parliamentary session of the day before yesterday allowed us to offer the readers the unparalleled outcome of the eighteenth session.

When the first open session was held, the representatives relinquished the pre-order speech to speed up the approval of the “Inheritance Tax Bill”, and an absolute calmness was anticipated, but once Reza Afshar took to the podium the representatives and their reporters were ready to watch interesting scenes.

Afshar: “The present cabinet has not performed any miracle other than creating insecurity, encouraging disturbance, looting, plundering and toying with the feelings of the religious authorities.”

Jafar Behbehani: [Insulting him by calling him “…”] “Shame on you! Do not utter nonsense!

Seyyed Ahmad Safaei (while his cloak had fallen, punched firmly on the plate and screamed): “Shame on you. It is obscene. Do not support the Baha’is…

…Afshar: “Deviation from the principles in this land has shaken the lawful governance…”

Khalatbari: “Do not say these words. Deny them. A telegram has arrived from Australia, saying that Baha’is are tortured. I and the Parliament deny this.” (The members of parliament [shouting], “It is true!”).

Finally Mr. Afshar’s speech was over, the parliament entered the ruling session, and in this way one of the most scandalous and stressful meetings of the eighteenth session [of parliament] came to an end.