INTRODUCTION: The Iranian rebel group, Azadegan, which hijacked an Iranian gunboat last week (13 August) have revealed the purpose of their activities.
GV Arc de Triomphe
SV INTERIOR PAN Banner of Order of Azadegan and death head symbol (2 shots)
SV Posters of Azadegan founder
GV Azadegan spokesman in silhouette, speaking
GVs & SVs EXTERIOR (VOICE OVERLAID) Hijacked gunboat arriving in French waters (6 shots)
SV INTERIOR Spokesman in silhouette speaking
SEQ. 4: UNIDENTIFIED SPOKESMAN: "The Azadegan organisation was founded by General Bahran Aryana in 1975 as a cultural organisation, to promote Iran's cultural heritage. By 1979 when Khomeini took over and more or less occupied Iran it was our duty to turn the organisation into a political and ideological organisation in order to be able to fight Khomeini. At that stage, General Aryana declared that he is going to stand against Khomeini to topple his regime, and therefore other (indistinct) followed this policy and we have been fighting against Khomeini since then. Of course in this movement we will co-operate with our military groups because we believe that no other action can be taken except military against this murderous and terrorist regime of the mullahs and since then we have been thinking of taking an action in order to show Khomeini and the world that we can act as a military group and we are powerful enough to do it. Capturing of the gunboat in the free water is one example of our power and our strength that we have started a military action against the mullahs' regime and we will continue until the time that this regime is toppled and overthrown."
Background: INTRODUCTION: The Iranian rebel group, Azadegan, which hijacked an Iranian gunboat last week (13 August) have revealed the purpose of their activities. They claim to be financed by Iranian industrialists and have set up recruiting offices in the United States, Britain and France. They sailed the hijacked patrol vessel to France, where they have been granted political asylum. However, the French have agreed to return the gunboat to Iran.
SYNOPSIS: From a secret location in Paris, an unidentified spokesman said Azadegan's aim was the overthrow of the Ayatollah Khomeini and the confederation of all Iranian tribes.
The Azadegan founder is General Bahran Aryana.