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1984

ABOUT IRAN’S APPROACH AGAINST THE TUDEH PARTY

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    The Stasi expects harsh sentences for People's Party of Iran (Tudeh) members being tried by the Iranian regime and suggests that the trials will lead to repression of other leftist groups.
    "About Iran’s approach against the Tudeh Party," 1984, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, BStU, MfS, AS 142/86. Obtained by Roham Alvandi and translated by Carla Fischer. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/134845
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About Iran’s approach against the Tudeh Party

According to political circles in Teheran the Iranian regime intends, with the initiation of the trial against the members of the Tudeh Party, to enforce a resolute approach against all oppositional attempts to demonstrate in the country. Therefore more litigations and extremely severe sentences are to be expected. The arraignment should also enable them to take decisive action against other left groups especially the Feddajin e-chalk. In light of the continuing internal problems and the again increasing contentions in advance of the scheduled parliamentary elections in March 1984, these arraignments trail the activities of the Khomeini loyalists around Prime Minister Moussavi and the president of parliament Rafsabdjani who are strengthening their position towards the rival circles within the ruling clergy as well as civil forces around Basargan. Further, the time of the trial’s initiation is connected to the USSR recently declaring themselves against the Iranian policy to continue the war in Iraq. Above mentioned circles expect that the Iranian position towards socialist states, especially towards the USSR, will continue to petrify. They reckon that Iran will keep on structuring its relations towards the single states in a nuanced manner, due to its interest in earnings, particularly of non- civil goods.