In Iran, more than three thousand students gathered on the University of Teheran campus on Sunday (29 October) to protest against the Shah's rule.
MV PULL BACK TO GV Student speaking through loud hailer to crowd at Teheran University.
MV Crowds listening.
MV PULL BACK TO GV Students chanting.
MV Students chanting and waving fists.
GVs Students marching and chanting. (2 SHOTS)
MVs Students hanging banners. (2 SHOTS)
MV ZOOM INTO CU Women in traditional clothes chanting.
MV Students chanting and holding pictures of spiritual leader Ruhollah Khomeiny.
MV PULL BACK TO GV Students tie rope around statue of Shah.
GV Troops outside university gate on truck.
CU University President Dr. Abdolah Sheybani talking on phone as students cheer.
CU University Public Relations Director Asghar Moshgforoush speaking in English.
GV Troops love in truck.
GV University President walks around campus with students.
REPORTER: "You think it will be possible to restore calm here on the campus within the next few days?"
MOSHGFOROUSH: "The President of the university is doing his best to do so, and I hope he'll be successful."
REPORTER: "Did he gain any co-operation from the authorities -- the military authorities?"
MOSHGFOROUSH: "What he's doing always he wanted to take military outside the university campus and this is the aim. And since he was appointed as President of the university, he was announcing this to the students and the (INDISTINCT) of the university. He says, 'I'm going to be the President of the university until the day that I can be what I want. And if the guards, the soldiers are coming inside of the campus, they have to do whatever they want to do, they have to do it to me first. Otherwise, if they want to come in, I don't allow them'."
Iran's Information Minister, Mohammed Reza Ameli-Tehrani, says the government is counting on the anti-Shah demonstrations to burn themselves out. He said there were no plans to crush the protests by force, and the security forces were under orders to avoid killing demonstrators.
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: In Iran, more than three thousand students gathered on the University of Teheran campus on Sunday (29 October) to protest against the Shah's rule. In the provinces, at least three people are reported to have died when anti-government demonstrators clashed with troops.
SYNOPSIS: Demonstrators on the university campus shouted slogans against the Shah, who is reported to be facing his most serious political crisis in twenty-five years. Iran's government decided to close the university on Saturday (28 October) for two days, but lecturers held an all-night demonstration to protest against the decision. The next morning, they were joined by thousands of students.
Troops were on alert outside the university but they kept a low profile. In Teheran's eastern suburbs people waved black flags and, in the city centre, high school students held their own demonstration. Many of the university demonstrators carried pictures of the exiled religious leader Ruhollah Khomeiny - an opponent of the Shah. At one point they threatened to pull down a statue of the Shah. The President of the University, Dr. Abdolash Sheybani, expressed solidarity with the students, and so did Public Relations Director, Asghar Moshgforoush.
The troops left the scene quietly after the demonstration. But similar protests in other parts of Iran have no??? been as peaceful. This month alone, more than twenty people have died in clashes with the Shah's security forces.