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[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]


[Newspaper:] Ettehad-e Melli

[Date:] Tuesday, 19 Ordibehesht 1334 [10 May 1955]

[Issue No.:] 365


The Most Complete Report of Activities That Led to the Occupation of the Haziratu’l-Quds

This year, before Ramadan, there was widespread activity in religious circles. With the beginning of the holy month and the religious sermons, the truth became evident, because all preachers officially joined together to fight against the Baha’is. The speeches and announcement of Mr. Falsafi on Radio Tehran and Mr. Shokouhideh on Air Force Radio that Baha’is are more dangerous than the [members of] the Tudeh Party, were a sign of the determination of the clergy. In the last one or two weeks, it was rumoured especially that important political figures traveled between Tehran and Qom and met with Ayatollah Borujerdi. Now it has become clear that the Muslim leader has called on the country’s influential authorities to stop the activities of the Baha’is.

Mr. Falsafi’s outspoken statements and sharp attacks in the Shah Mosque were also broadcast on Radio Tehran and were so effective that they created conflicting ideas and propaganda in the country; everyone was asking, “What is the plan?”

Mr. Falsafi’s sermons were broadcast daily for one hour from the Shah Mosque. But on Thursday and Friday, 14th and 15th of this month [5 and 6 May], another half hour was added to this period. On Saturday night, a group of fanatics from one of the religious groups went to Yousefabad Street and tried to enter the Haziratu’l-Quds, but the doorman prevented them.

On the other hand, Mr. Falsafi explicitly warned on the radio that the Baha’is intend to stage a coup in 1335 [1956/1957] and are preparing for it from now on.

But Baha’is said that there was a plan to kill the Baha’is. The government, which wanted to maintain its dominance and power and establish security, issued a warning to law enforcement. [Therefore], it was decided that the Baha’i centre should be occupied by the military governorate and the Haziratu’l-Quds organization should be dissolved. This decision was implemented at 10:00 and the Baha’i Centre was occupied by a battalion of soldiers.

The minister of finance, Dr. Amini, said that this decision had been taken only by the Security Council, which is legal, and not by the Cabinet. In a telegram, Ayatollah Behbahani, the representative of Ayatollah Borujerdi, thanked the shah for the occupation of the Haziratu’l-Quds and demanded the dissolution of the Baha’is. The situation in the National Consultative Assembly, in contacts with the representatives, was such that any proposal in this regard would be approved almost unanimously, because in the current situation, no one had the power to imagine the opposite.

It is said that the worst effect of the last two or three days is the backlash that has spread in international circles, especially among American liberals, who consider any move to suppress the freedom of expression as a social blasphemy and an [example] of the lack of political maturity.

An informed source told our correspondent that in the past two nights, New York Radio had mentioned this issue as one of the reasons for the lack of political and social growth of the Iranian nation.

It is predicted that Iran’s enemies who want to take advantage may take the issue to the United Nations and cause international disgrace for Iran.