Contingents of Guards and elements of the Intelligence Ministry from Tehran have been stationed in the area since last week. The Guards have set up road blocks, increased mobile patrols and conducted house-to-house searches in various neighborhoods in order to terrorize the local population ahead of Khamenei's visit. Many former political prisoners in both cities have been arrested again.
Khamenei is scheduled to arrive in Amol on Thursday. He will then visit Noshahr to take part in a graduation ceremony at the navy's Academy of Naval Sciences.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
June 10, 1998