What, We Worry?
January 14, 1977 — The Chicago Sun-Times

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An editorial on the brutality of SAVAK and the Shah’s regime in The Chicago Sun-Times from around January 14, 1977. It was reproduced with credit in numerous other American newspapers from mid-January through late March.


Iran doesn’t worry much about its image overseas as one of the world’s worst nations for torture and repression.

The consul-general here doesn’t worry. When we called him recently to ask about reports of students shot down in the streets, or hauled off to jail without warning or trial or even public notice that they’ve been arrested, he said testily that Americans and international human-rights groups shouldn’t “meddle”. It’s all legal, he said.

Mohammed Reza Shah Pahlevi doesn’t worry, either. He takes pride in the efficiency of his secret police in Iran and abroad.

Iranians ought to worry, though. Repression breeds even more vigorous revolt.

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Students Protest Lack of Human Rights in Iran | The Militant, March 30, 1964

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