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Shah sending troops against Iranian people

The Shah Sending Troops against Iranian People


With German support the white supremacist regime of South Africa is producing chemical warfare materials. This was made public on 17 October 1978 by the "Zimbabwe People's Voice", the organ of the Zimbabwe African People's Union (ZAPU).

The plant for the production of the chemical warfare gases is situated in the South African Province of Orane Free State. With financial aid from West Germany, the racist regime has stockpiled the chemicals to be used against the liberation movements and people of Azania, Namibia and Zimbabwe.


On 20 October 1978, Rhodesian Air Force planes raided deep into neighbouring Zambia on what they claimed to be "a main camp for the forces of nationalist leader Joshua Nkomo."

Reuter reported from Zambia that the planes had attacked "a refugee camp of Nkomo's Zimbabwe African People's Union (ZAPU). The aeroplanes swooped over the camp, their bomb strikes marked by vivid orange flashes, 20km north of Lusaka." In the attack well over 200 refugees were killed, mainly women and children.


The Shah of Iran celebrated his 59th birthday on October 27 together with a year of mounting protest against his rule.

In Tehran, troops patrolled the streets as demonstrators took to the streets calling for the removal of the Shah's rule. Soldiers fired in the air to break up the demonstrators in the holy city of Qom.

In the city of Jahrom the police chief was killed and the martial law administrator wounded to mark the Shah's birthday. The Shah, no being able to have the usual lavish celebrations because of the protests, spent the day at the ornate Golestan Palace in central Tehran dressed in full military uniform as commander-in-chief of the armed forces.

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