Thousands of Iranians gathered in a central Teheran square on September 8 to mark the third anniversary of what has become known as 'black friday'.
1. SV PAN Ayatollah Khalkhali walking past demonstrators as they chant and wave fists 0.13
2. GV Hojatoleslam Ahmad Khomeini on rostrum speaking to crowd (5 shots) 0.50
3. GV Revolutionary guards in front of rostrum and disabled watching speakers (3 shots) 1.15
4. GVs crowd chanting and waving fists (3 shots) 1.49
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Background: TEHERAN, IRAN
Thousands of Iranians gathered in a central Teheran square on September 8 to mark the third anniversary of what has become known as 'black friday'. In the first few days of September three years ago 200,000 marchers took to the streets of Teheran calling for the Shah's downfall. On the day of the third large protest, September 8, the shah cracked down with the imposition of martial law and an estimated 3,000 Iranians were killed by government troops. The anniversary rally was addressed by many leaders of the revolutionary government including Ayatollah Khalkhali, Head of the Revolutionary courts, and Hojatoleslam Ahmad Khomeini, the son of Iran's leader. The demonstrators, massed together in the renamed 'Martyr's Square' commemorated the deaths of their fellow-revolutionaries by chanting anti-US and anti-Israel slogans. The Shah's government troops were to a large extent trained and supplied by the United States and Israel.
Source: REUTERS - MAHMOUD OSKOUI