NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
16th January, 1948 :The Shah of Iran fled from his capital today, driven into exile by supporters of Ayatollah Khomeini, who masterminded the downfall of the “Peacock Throne” from his own exile in Paris. When the news was broadcast that the Shah had flown to Egypt, jubilant Iranians danced in the streets and on the rooftops. Soldiers, waving flowers instead of guns, joined in the celebrations while men and women clambered over tanks which a few days ago were trying to crush their demonstrations.
Teheran became a vast traffic jam of hooting cars plastered with photographs of the Ayatollah. Among the first targets for the celebrating mob were the statues of the Shah and his father, former Cossack Sergeant who seized the throne in 1925.
[ Unfortunately, the integrity of media is such that probably we shall ever find out what is happening in Iran today. Russians?]