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8/6/05

Iran: Constitutional Movement Confab opens, Museum inaugurated in Tabriz

Tabriz, East Azarbaijan prov, Aug 4, IRNA-Minister of the Interior Abdolvahed Mousavi Lari on Thursday inaugurated conference on "100th anniversary of Constitutional Movement" at the 29th Bahman Art and Culture Complex in the provincial capital of Tabriz.

The one-day event aims to commemorate the social, anti-despotic and law-oriented agreements taken as part of the achievements of the Constitutional Movement which culminated in 1906 by a signature put on the first Constitution of Iran by Mozaffar eddin Shah of Qajar.

Before 1906, there had been no convention between the nation and the then governing system.

Speaking in the inaugural ceremony, Lari said that the Islamic Revolution characterized by its own particular features took shape at a special period of time to obtain what the Constitutional Movement failed to do.

He added that the Constitutional Movement mainly aimed to harness despotism and pass on the power to people.

"It meant to enforce law in the community and establish the public relations based on the socially acceptable frameworks.

"The political and social atmosphere of the community as well as the pressures exerted by rulers on the domestic scene paved the ground for the Constitutional Movement," he added.

Assessing social aspect of the Constitutional Movement as successful, the minister noted that it managed to establish new beliefs, traditions and social behavior within the community.

"Given the lack of organized social institutions, the movement failed to guarantee being put into practice. Meanwhile, in the long run, this resulted in its deviation and downfall," added Lari.

Meanwhile, the minister attended a separate ceremony of inauguration of the Museum of Azarbaijan's Honors and delivered a speech.

Speaking at the ceremony, he referred to the deep impact of identity of Tabriz and Azarbaijan in Iran's contemporary history and said that the crucial role Azerbaijan played in the course of history and over the recent century will never be forgotten.

The Museum of Azarbaijan's Honors has been established in an area measuring 1,200 hectares and is situated at Azadi Avenue. A credit of 16.5 billion rials was allocated to the project.

Sattar Khan-Statue unveiled

The statue of Sattar Khan, a top general and national hero of the Iran Constitutional Revolution (1905-1911), was unveiled in Tabriz on Thursday.

Sattar Khan led the revolutionary forces against the king, Mohammad-Ali Shah Qajar, who tried to abolish the constitution. The revolution resulted in toppling of Mohammad-Ali Shah and the establishment of parliament (Majlis) in Iran.

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