[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:] Nabard-e Hagh

[Date:] 17 Bahman 1357 [6 February 1979]

[Issue No.:] 31486

 

2- Ignoring religion and all its effects and foundations…was one of the greatest mistakes of the previous government. They got rid of all Shia leaders in order to be unrivalled in the field—as much as they could on the roads and streets—in torture chambers, in Mosques and other places of religious gatherings. In the prisons, they exterminated numbers of religious people. They killed and responded [to the religious people] with knife and club. They sent to exile those high ranking officials that [they] could by no means overcome; the highest amongst them was Ayatollah Khomeini, the brave descendant of Hussein, son of Ali, who was kept in exile for a long time. On the other hand, the Baha’i agents were free to be active in all the segments of the country, from economy and politics to participation in underground international dealings and flirting with international Zionism; on the other hand, [they only kept] the tormented Arabs happy with verbal promises...