Khordad Movement Anniversary in Iran Date in the current year: June 5, 2016

Khordad Movement Anniversary in Iran The 1963 Khordad movement was a very important event in the history of Iran. It rose as a protest against Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini imprisonment and lasted for 2 days. Nowadays Iran annually observes Khordad Movement Anniversary (15 Khordad) on June 5.

Ruhollah Khomeini was a political and religious leader in Iran. He opposed the Shah and criticized the USA and Israel. He was arrested for several times and exiled from the country. One of the arrests, that took place on the 15th day of Khordad month (Iranian calendar), caused a massive protest by Iranians.

Khomeini was arrested after a speech, in which he drew parallels between Yazid I (most Islamic scholars regard him as a tyrant) and the Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. Khomeini was arrested by the Shah's order on June 5, that caused masses of angry demonstrators to flow to the streets of the Iranian cities. The Shah declared martial law, imposed a curfew and ordered military forces to restore order.

The exact number of death casualties is unknown. The official files list only 380 people killed or wounded, but it doesn't include people, who didn't go to hospitals for fear to be arrested, or who were taken to morgue or buried by security forces.

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