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


[Newspaper:] Sahar

[Date:] 21 Shahrivar 1334 [13 September 1955]

[Issue No.:] 15


Foreign Press and Mourning Ceremonies of Muharram

Due to the incidents in the month of Ramadan and the anti-Baha’i propaganda, which resulted in some unusual actions, as well as the rumours indicating that this propaganda may be carried out in a more severe way in the month of Muharram, special attention has been paid by the foreign press to the mourning ceremonies during the month of Muharram in Iran, and most foreign newspapers have reflected their observations in the European and American press. The issue that has attracted the attention of the foreign press, more than anything else, is the organization and discipline seen in the execution of the mourning ceremonies. The precautions taken by security forces was so intense that the thought has arisen that, [unlike in] the past 14 years, the topic of religion and politics can now be separated to the extent that the Times Newspaper has written: “It is deduced from the evidence that the government has succeeded in preventing irresponsible circles from interfering in political affairs, and is determined to prevent the activities of those clerics who, instead of paying attention to their religious duties, want to dominate the public politically.”