[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:] Tehran Mosavar

[Date:] 26 Ordibehesht 1334 [17 May 1955]

[Issue No.:] 612

 

What happened at the secret meeting of acting Prime Minister Entezam, with Ayatollah Borujerdi?

... the subject of the secret negotiations

On the next day in Tehran, some rumours were spread in the corridors of the prime minister’s office that the acting prime minister had travelled to Qom and held a half-hour meeting with Ayatollah Borujerdi. Even the prime minister’s office was not aware of the reason for this meeting. However, a reliable source said, “During the recent days, Tehran has received reports from the police in southern and central cities that the issue of the Baha’is and the propaganda that is going on against them, and the scrolls that are being signed [against them], have caused tensions, and it is highly likely that they may lead to tragic events. Last week, Ayatollah Borujerdi, by sending his agent to Tehran, had also expressed his interest in meeting one of the ministers or the acting prime minister. It was decided that for this reason, Mr. Entezaam would travel to Qom and discuss with the ayatollah the issues related to the Baha’is in general, reassuring him on one hand of the government’s special attention to the issue, and on the other, informing him of the probability of the dangerous incidents that might arise as a result of the escalation of this campaign.

How was the declaration of the Ministry of the Interior set?

After the meeting on Sunday, activities for making decisions about the Baha’is began in Tehran, and several other ministers discussed the process of action, its probabilities and facilities.

A pro-government representative said about these activities that:

The truth of the matter is that the government was not waiting for tragic incidents, but when the news of tensions in some cities were received, the Cabinet was convened, and after the discussions, the contents of the  declaration of the Ministry of the Interior was prepared and was consulted upon at the Council of the Ministers.

In this declaration, which was issued by [Mr.] Alam, the minister of the interior, and is addressed to the governors and commissioners, it is stated that they should dissolve “the social centres that cause religious and worldly intrigue and are the cause of the disruption of order”. A source informed of the matter said that this declaration, from the viewpoint of public policy, had been prepared skilfully, but it might not satisfy the views of the extremist fanatics. However, since taking drastic and fierce measures on these may cause bloodshed, chaos and riot, it was decided to take wise and rational steps.

 

Negative propaganda of the Baha’is [poisoning of minds by the Baha’is]

About the government’s declaration, one of the representatives of the majority said, “This declaration would eliminate the propaganda of the Baha’is, who are poisoning the minds of the foreigners, including the Americans. Since, unfortunately, some of the Baha’i who are audacious capitalists and have some negotiations with the Americans had simply informed them that there was no economic, political and religious stability and security in Iran, and some Americans who were sensitive to these issues had become anxious, the declaration of the Ministry of the Interior showed that the government of Iran is against the disruption of order and only suppresses those groups which intend to destroy the individual, religious and social security of the Muslims, that is in the interest of the public.

The ranks of minority and majority

In any case, it seems apparent that the issue of the Baha’is has been solved in this way.

Thus, amongst the minority and majority fronts [the issue of the Baha’is] was dematerialised in this week’s meeting of the parliament—unlike in recent weeks. It is possible that the uproar of the issue of the Baha’is had caused it. One of the representatives who had fought the former government said about the government opposition groups, “When the former government left and Ala’s government came to power, some members had expectations from Ala’s government. However, this government, which had announced “fighting corruption” as its agenda, and Entezam, the acting prime minister, had also clearly stated in parliament that, “the government will not reward anybody;” hence, the mentioned individuals stood amongst the anti-government. Nonetheless, the position of the minority and majority [groups] in parliament has not yet been quite clear.