2,500 Fears of Monarchy
The Daily Illini — October 12, 1971
Letter to the editor publicizing an anti-Shah teach-in on campus at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign (UIUC), and a news item from the same issue of the student newspaper on the event.
To the Editor:
In August, 1953, as has been reported by many foreign newspapers and even admitted by The New York Times, the CIA directed a coup overthrowing the legal government of Dr. Mossadegh and reinstating the Shah as ruler of Iran. Dr. Mossadegh was overthrown because he was trying to end the expropriation of his country’s wealth by the Western oil cartels. [British Petroleum only, no cartels] Now the Shah is holding a Celebration of the 2500th Anniversary of Monarchy in Iran (reportedly being attended by Vice President Spiro Agnew) in spite of strong opposition from the Iranian people.
Tonight at 7:30 at 228 Natural History Building, the Iranian Students Association is holding a teach-in about the situation in Iran.
The Champaign-Urbana Committee to Support the Farmworkers supports the struggle of the Iranian people, as we support the struggles of migrant farmworkers in the U.S. and of all peoples trying to free themselves from exploitation and oppression. We urge everyone to attend this important teach-in.
Committee to Support the Farmworkers
Iran protest scheduled
A conference denouncing the Shah of Iran’s celebration of the 2500th anniversary of Iranian monarchy will be held at 7:30 p.m. today in 228 Natural History Building, according to a release from the University Iranian Students Association (ISA).
The celebration, which begins today, is being held at a cost of nearly $500 million. According to an ISA spokesman, funds that could be used for crucial Iranian domestic needs are being used to finance the “extravagant super-show”.
“The Iranian people lack the most basic human rights, such as freedom of the press and freedom of speech, yet the Shah will try to promote his contention that monarchy is the natural form of government for all Iranian people”, he said.
The conference, which is free, will include speeches about the Iranian political and domestic situation and a documentary film of Iran’s nationalist movement, according to the release .
Shah of Iran’s methods opposed — letter to Cal Poly SLO student paper, January 24, 1972
Iranian situation — Anonymous letter to The Daily Illini, October 23, 1969
SJSU protesters shut down screening of Shah propaganda film (Nov. 6, 1973)
MOSSADEGH t-shirts — “If I sit silently, I have sinned”