[PROVISIONAL TRANSLATION FROM PERSIAN]

 

[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets]

[Personal information has been redacted.]

 

[Newspaper] Siasat-e Ma

[Date:] 19/2/1334- [10 May 1955]

[Issue No:] 651

 

Yesterday, a large number of local people from Marvdasht, Shiraz [Province], attacked the homes of Baha’is; after breaking doors and windows, [they] stole furniture and looted the houses.

 

In Damghan, the intention was to banish the Baha’is from the city. The police force is vigilant to protect order and prevent further horrendous events.

After the occupation of the Haziratu’l-Quds[1], the centre of the Baha’is in Tehran, according to the reports received in most cities, the fanatic Muslims started protesting and demanding the banishment of the Baha’is, and caused damage to a few places.

 

Our reporter sent a telegraphic report that a large number of people in Marvdasht in

Shiraz [Province] gathered in the city yesterday and started a heated demonstration against the Baha’i religion.  Then they attacked the houses of some Baha’is, broke down the places and looted the furniture. The police force, after becoming informed, came to the place of the incidents and dispersed the crowd. To prevent further such incidents, the houses of the Baha’is, a large number of whom apparently live in the city, are under the watch of a group of gendarmes.

News has been received from Rasht that following the occupation of the Baha’i centre in Tehran the day before yesterday, a group of residents from Rasht went to the centre of the Baha’is’ propaganda, situated in Pahlavi Avenue, and attacked it by throwing rocks and broke glass windows to pieces.... To prevent more horrific incidents, the police force also occupied this centre from 6:00 in the afternoon. Reports were also received from Damghan that, during the evening of the day before yesterday, the residents of Damghan, whose religious feelings were aroused with the intention of banishing Baha’is from the City of Damghan, attacked their houses, assaulted them, dragged them out of their houses and were determined to banish them from the city, when the police force, which had become aware of the situation, arrived, dispersed the crowd and returned the Baha’is to their homes. 

Our reporter adds that the City of Damghan is not yet calm, and the locals are eager to throw the Baha’is out of the city. Guards have been posted [there] to keep the Baha’is safe. 

 

[1] [A Baha’i term for Baha’i Centre]