[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 Mellat

[Date:] 10 Tir 1334 [2 July 1955]

[Issue No.:] 122

 

…The report of zealous Muslim brothers from Shiraz indicates this tragedy occurred only as a result of the malice and conspiracy of the Baha’i governor (Hemmat) of Shiraz. The story is as follows.

Simultaneous with the trip of His Majesty the Shah to Shiraz, the zealous and anti-foreign people of Shiraz, who were angry with the impertinence and audacity of the anti-religion and unpatriotic Baha’is, and also were aware of the practical actions of the government in the centre and other areas, interpreted the silence and even the tolerance of Shiraz government officials towards the Baha’is as malice. They think that if they do not think of a solution to end the domination of a well-known evil Baha’i at the head of the Shiraz government, not only will they lose such an opportunity, but it will intensify the audacity and influence of the Baha’i elements. For this reason, the majority of the people of Shiraz collectively attacked and destroyed the centre of corruption of this betraying spy gang [the House of the Bab] and they leveled it to the ground.

Because His Majesty the Shah was visiting Shiraz at the time, the infamous Baha’i governor of Fars refused to do anything against the wishes of the Muslims, until, on Sunday last week, when the mayor ordered the Baha’is to rise up a masse to rebuild the building that had been destroyed by Muslims. The zealous Muslim community of Shiraz did not tolerate this insult towards their religious sanctity either, and they tried to prevent this action [of the Baha’is]. As a result, the incident led to the clash and the injury of about forty Muslims, most of whom are now in the hospital. In short, the person responsible for this painful and anti-Islamic tragedy is the corrupt Baha’i governor of Fars.

The anti-foreign Muslim people of Shiraz, in addition to sending petitions and telegrams to the influential clerics, have called on His Majesty the Shah and the government to immediately charge and prosecute the Baha’i governor of Fars.