Source: Radio Zamaneh
July 21st demonstration 57 years ago in Tehran
Iranian political organization National Front of
Iran announced that Islamic Republic security forces have pressured the
organization into foregoing its July 21 events.
According to a National Front statement, security forces impeded the events of the day by threatening the members with persecution.
On July 21, 1953, demonstrators staged protests to the dismissal of the nationalist Prime Minister, Mohammad Mosaddegh and were killed in a showdown with the security forces of the last Iranian monarch, Mohammadreza Pahlavi.
Islamic Republic security forces summoned the head of the National Front organization to inform him that any gathering in 7th Tir Square and boarding the bus as well as travel to Baboyeh is prohibited.
Baboyeh is the resting ground of the victims of July 21st incident 57 years ago.
In the past year, in the face of widespread street protests to the alleged fraud in the presidential elections, several public cultural and religious events have been cancelled or held with strict security measures.
A number of National Front members have also been arrested in the past year in the crackdown on election protesters.
Issa Khan Hatami, Hossein Mousavi, Kourosh Raim, Peymon Aref and Hamidreza Khadem are amongst the members of the National Front who were arrested in the past year. Mohammad Oliyaifard, human rights lawyer and member of National Front law experts is also currently under arrest.
The Revolutionary Court sentenced Issa Khan Hatami to two years in prison last week and his membership in the National Front was amongst his charges.
The 1953 Coup D'etat in Iran In retrospect, the United States sponsored coup d'etat in Iran of August 19, 1953, has emerged as a critical event in postwar world history. The government of Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddeq which was ousted in the coup was the last popular, democratically oriented government to hold office in Iran. The regime replacing it was a dictatorship that suppressed all forms of popular political activity, producing tensions that contributed greatly to the 1978-1979 Iranian revolution. If Mosaddeq had not been overthrown, the revolution might not have occurred. The 1953 coup also marked the first peacetime use of covert action by the United States to overthrow a foreign government. As such, it was an important precedent for events like the 1954 coup in Guatemala and the 1973 overthrow of Salvador Allende in Chile(1), and made the United States a key target of the Iranian revolution.
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