Teheran's new religious leader, the Hojatoleslam Sayyed Ali Khamene'i, said on Friday (18 January) that the Islamic revolution in Iran would only reach final victory when Afghanistan has been liberated.
GV: Crowd gathered outside Teheran University and chanting slogans
SV: Former Prime Minister Mehdi Bazargan arriving and being welcomed
SV: Hojatoleslam Khamene'i escorted by armed guards as he arrives.
SV: Student holding anti-American placard
GV: Crowd chanting
LV AND SV: Ayatollah Montazeri addresses rally. (2 shots)
SV: Bazargan seated in crowd listening
LV: Hojatoleslam Khamene'i speaking
SV: Crowd listening.
SV: Teheran television outside broadcast camera
GV: Hojatoleslam Khamene'i speaking
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Background: Teheran's new religious leader, the Hojatoleslam Sayyed Ali Khamene'i, said on Friday (18 January) that the Islamic revolution in Iran would only reach final victory when Afghanistan has been liberated. An estimated 80,000 Soviet troops are based in Afghanistan, supporting the new Marxist regime.
SYNOPSIS: The Hojatoleslam made his remarks at a special prayer meeting held at Teheran University and attended by thousands of Muslims.
One prominent guest was the former Prime Minister of Iran, Mehdi Bazargan. But the keynote speaker was Hojatoleslam Khamene'i, who has emerged as one of the most influential leaders of the Islamic movement.
Despite the anti-American atmosphere in Iran, the Iranian and American governments share the same viewpoint over the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan. While the Americans are concerned most about expanding Soviet influence, Iran's leaders express concern that Afghanistan's Muslim majority could suffer under the Marxist government.
The gathering was addressed by Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, who stepped down as Teheran's religious leader earlier in the week to make way for the Hojatoleslam. The Ayatollah Montazeri said he wanted to return to teaching. The audience were told that, in addition to Afghanistan, Iran would work for the liberation of Palestine and the Philippines, which has a Muslim minority. The Hojatoleslam Khamene'i said the country's policy guideline was to show sympathy to all nations fighting against oppression.
Iran would never be defeated, the Hojatoleslam maintained, and would never retreat from the 'scene of struggle and revolution'. The country's greatest enemy, he said was America.