Hotter Than August
The World’s News — December 12, 1953

The Mossadegh Project | March 24, 2017      

The 1953 coup in Iran

This item about the Shah’s punitive measures after the 1953 coup in Iran appeared in Sydney, Australia’s The World’s News, a 40 page tabloid format newspaper founded in 1901 which ceased publication in Dec. 1955. We have not verified the information.

Shah makes it hot for his prisoners

PRISONS for diehard supporters of Persia’s ex-Premier Mossadeq are being built on two of the world’s hottest islands in the Persian Gulf.

The Iranian Government has already sent most of the rebels, rounded up in the riots following Mosasdeq’s [sic] fall, to the islands—Kharg [Kharkh] and Kargan. [Kharku]

Summer temperatures in these islands hover around 115 degrees in the shade.

That is fully 25 degrees hotter than Devil’s Island and the Iles du Salut, off the coast of French Guiana, [Guyana] where France kept her political prisoners.

Little is known of Kargan Island, [Kharku] except that it is treeless and harbors a small population of fishermen and traders. But Kharg is better known.

It has been occupied by the Dutch, the French and the British. The French and the Hollanders used the torrid isle in the fight against Arab pirates two centuries ago.

As to the British, they landed ono [onto] Kharg during their expedition into Persia in 1839, when they compelled the Shah to call off the invasion of Afghanistan, and again during World War I.

Related links:

5 Iran Ex-Officials Face Jail In “White Man’s Hell”AP, May 23, 1955

Where It’s Really Hot — U.S. editorial, August 4, 1953

A Lenient SentenceThe Jamestown Post Journal, Dec. 23, 1953

MOSSADEGH t-shirts — “If I sit silently, I have sinned”

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