About 400 Iranian students marched through Rome in a demonstration on February 8.
1. SV Protesters march down street carrying banners with Arabic writing. In Rome. 0.19
2. SV Students, dressed as prisoners act out symbolic torture 0.31
3. GV Marchers chant, and clap and wave hands 0.40
4. SV AND CU Student with satirical mask of Khomeini beats body on a stretcher 0.55
5. GVs Protestors carry poster (2 shots) 1.15
6. SV Protestors carry out mock execution 1.31
7. SV Iranian student speaks (SOT) as others look on 2.00
8. CU PULL BACK GV PAN Armed Italian police supervise demonstration 2.18
TRANSCRIPT (SEQ 7) STUDENT:
"This demonstration is organised by the Mujahideen in Italy. This is because of the killing of the martyr, Mussa Kiabani, of the Mujahideen, symbol of the revolution, in Iran. Last year on this day, he was shot down by the Khomeini guards in this situation which you will see here."
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Background: ROME, ITALY
About 400 Iranian students marched through Rome in a demonstration on February 8. Some of them carried anti-government banners while others dressed as guards and prisoners to symbolise the rule of the Iranian revolutionary leader, Ayatollah Khomeini. Those in costume acted out symbolic torture. The march was organised by the Italian Moslem Students' Association, supported by Socialist and Communist youth groups. The demonstration marked the first anniversary of the death in Iran at the hands of the national guard of Mussa Kiabani, a leader of the Mujahideen resistance movement. The Mujahideen is outlawed in Iran, following a crackdwon by Ayatollah Khomeini. One demonstrator said Mussa Kiabani was now regarded as a martyr by his colleagues.
Source: REUTERS - ANGELO FIORI