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Extremists attack participants in memorial for Iranian premier Mossadegh

TEHRAN, May 20 (AFP) - Several people were slightly injured when extremists attacked a gathering to commemorate the birthday of deceased prime minister Mohammad Mossadegh, the father of secular nationalism in Iran, newspapers said Thursday.

The assailants interrupted a speech by liberal opposition figure Ezatollah Sahabi, a former president in charge of the Plan and Budget Organisation, and slightly wounded several participants in the ceremony at Ahmad Abad village where Mossadegh was born, the Tehran press said.

"The attack by the extremists disrupted the ceremony and the crowd dispersed," Jahan-e-Eslam said, adding that the assailants then damaged the participants' vehicles in the village, which is 100 kilometers (62 miles) west of Tehran.

The Islamic Republic's security forces intervened, arresting "several young nationalists as well as several extremists," the pro-government newspaper said.

In recent months, youths have been heard chanting pro-Mossadegh slogans at nationalist political rallies in Tehran. Mossadegh, who served as prime minister under the Shah in the 1950s, was responsible for nationalising the Iranian oil sector.


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