US embassy cable - 90BAGHDAD1068

RIOTS IN TEHRAN

Identifier: 90BAGHDAD1068
Wikileaks: View 90BAGHDAD1068 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Baghdad
Created: 1990-02-21 11:00:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: PINS IR
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
O 211100Z FEB 90
FM AMEMBASSY BAGHDAD
TO SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 2962
INFO GULFWAR COLLECTIVE
C O N F I D E N T I A L BAGHDAD 01068 
 
E.O. 12356:DECL:OADR 
TAGS:  PINS IR 
SUBJ:  RIOTS IN TEHRAN 
 
1.  (C-ENTIRE TEXT) 
 
2.  WESTERN AMBASSADOR HAS SHARED WITH US THE 
REPORT OF HIS COLLEAGUE IN TEHRAN ON THE 
FEBRUARY 16 RIOTS. 
 
3.  THE WESTERN EMBASSY NOTES THAT THE IRANIAN 
PRESS CLAIMED THAT THE RIOTS BEGAN BECAUSE A 
FOOTBALL GAME WAS POSTPONED DUE TO BAD 
WEATHER MAKING THE TURF UNSUITABLE FOR PLAY. 
THE EMBASSY BELIEVES THIS IS PROBABLY NOT THE 
REAL REASON.  A CROWD OF  FROM TWO TO 
FIVE THOUSAND THREW STONES AND CARRIED 
PICTURES OF THE SHAH'S SON.  THE PRESENCE 
OF THE PICTURES SUGGESTS A PRE-ARRANGED, 
NOT SPONTANEOUS, DEMONSTRATION, AND FURTHER 
SUGGESTS THAT CANCELATION OF THE FOOTBALL 
GAME WAS NOT BECAUSE OF A WET PITCH.  FURTHER, 
SLOGANS WERE SHOUTED AGAINST THE REGIME 
AND SOME SHOTS WERE HEARD. 
 
 
4.  THE EMBASSY IN TEHRAN NOTES THAT THE 
CLAIMS OF THE MUJAHIDIN FROM BAGHDAD WERE 
MUCH EXAGGERATED (COMMENT: AS USUAL), BUT 
CLEARLY ANY DEMONSTRATION MUST WORRY THE 
IRANIAN REGIME.  RUMORS ARE BEGINNING TO FLOOD 
TEHRAN, WITH COMPARISONS TO THE BEGINNING OF 
THE TROUBLES IN 1979 RAMPANT.   MORE 
MILITARY ACTIVITY THAN USUAL HAS BEEN 
NOTED IN THE CITY. 
 
GLASPIE 

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