There were more demonstrations against the Shah of Iran in the Indian capital of New Delhi on Saturday (4 February), the third day of his state visit to the sub-continent.
GV EXT Iranian Embassy in New Delhi PULL BACK TO SHOW police cordon outside
SVs Police grapple with chanting and placard-waving demonstrators (2 shots)
SV Police arrest demonstrators and place them on track (2 shots)
GV Truck packed with demonstrators leaves, some still shouting and waving arms
GV EXT Vigyan Bhavan, venue for news conference (2 shots)
SV INT Shah of Iran seated at table facing newsmen
CU Shah speaking on democracy in Iran
GV & CUs Shah at table and news people (5 shots)
CU Shah speaking on oil prices
GV Conference room PAN TO Shah on dais
SHAH: "From the day that we were civilised, and when our King Cyrus the Great introduced the Bill of rights, those people were climbing trees. I don't think that we can really take any lessons from anybody. They should first put their own house in order. And then and only then could they come and talk to us."
SHAH: "So it is not a question of my country, oil producer, or the other oil-producing countries now fixing the price of oil only to their own advantage. It is really a question of, of the energy problem, the energy crisis. Many countries should start to use less energy, and they are, instead of heating their houses with oil, or making electricity with oil, they could switch to other sources of energy and start on, I could cite many possibilities, but we know about atomic energy, we know about solar energy, and, in the very near future, we shall know about other sources of energy."
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Background: There were more demonstrations against the Shah of Iran in the Indian capital of New Delhi on Saturday (4 February), the third day of his state visit to the sub-continent. A number of arrests were made. At a news conference, the Shah spoke about democracy in his country since the days of King Cyrus 2,500 years ago, and also touched upon the world energy problem.
SYNOPSIS: The Iranian embassy in New Delhi was the scene of the latest demonstration against the Shah's alleged dictatorial rule in Iran. The protestors -- nearly all of them Indian students -- chanted slogans as the Shah attended a reception at the embassy.
Similar demonstrations had greeted the Shah when he arrived in the capital to begin a four-day visit, and was being driven through New Delhi to the Presidential Palace. On that occasion, many Iranian students and young Indians -- some in hoods -- tried to rush towards the royal motorcade.
From the embassy, the Shah went to New Delhi's Vigyan Bhavan to meet journalists. He was asked about criticism Western governments had made of Asian countries, including Iran.
The Shah was also questioned by Indian and foreign journalists on the problems that high oil prices were causing around the world.
The Shah said he would stop in Pakistan on his way home on Sunday (5 February).