IRAN: The Weekend of Crisis

The Shah averts a showdown as a parade of protest ends peacefully

Hour after hour they marched westward along Tehran's Shahreza Avenue. In an extraordinary demonstration of solidarity, hundreds of thousands of Iranians last Sunday protested against the 37-year reign of Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi. Men waved their fists and responded to their leaders' rhythmic chants of "Allah Akbar" (God is great). Women in traditional black chadors, some clutching children, carried banners ("We want an Islamic republic"). The marchers were militant in support of their exiled religious leader, Ayatullah Khomeini, but they were...

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