IRAN: Let That Be a Lesson

Iran's Tudeh (Communist) Party is officially outlawed, but in the dingy bazaars of Teheran and Tabriz there are always a few dozen of its members busy plotting the downfall of Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlevi and his regime. Last week, as the Shah departed for a tour of Sweden, Belgium and Austria, the army took five arrested Tudeh members from their cells and shot them. An "unofficial" source explained that the executions were designed to be an object lesson to plotters who might have been thinking that the Shah's absence would be an opportune moment for a Putsch.


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