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[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:] Setareh-e Eslam

[Date:] 14 Mordad 1334 [6 August 1955]

[Issue No.:] 179

 

How Six Muslims and Baha’is Were Killed!

An incident took place in a village in Yazd on Saturday this week, killing six people. According to the information from this village, three members of the Baha’i Spiritual Assembly publicly insulted and cursed Muslims. They have been warned several times by the village clergy, the headman and the gendarmerie officers to stop this behaviour, but they did not pay attention to their warnings. On Saturday, one of the three men beat an 11-year-old Muslim boy with a stick to the point of death.

When the residents of the village were informed, they rushed to save the child, having observed that the child had fallen on the ground and blood was flowing from his head and face. People took the child to the house of his father, but before they reached his home, the child died. The gendarmerie agents prepared an official report and arrested that Baha’i. At 8:00 in the evening, the Baha’is of that village attacked the gendarmerie headquarters, en masse. The residents of the village, who were informed of the incident at night, hurried to help the gendarmes where they clashed with the Baha’is. As a result, six people were killed on both sides and some of the instigators were arrested. When the news broke in Yazd and Tehran, a number of officers immediately went to the scene to investigate.

According to a report received from Yazd, the order to resist, swear, and stand up against the government officials has been issued by Major General Alaei , the Baha’i leader. And the aforementioned order, in a typewritten letter signed by him, has fallen into the hands of the clerical authorities.

Retired Major General Alaei is the chairman of the Baha’i Assembly of Iran.