Statement No. 16
Iranians stage protest as Khatami leaves the Vatican

Dozens of Iranians residing in Italy staged a protest as Khatami and his entourage were leaving the Vatican this afternoon.

Despite restrictive measures by the Police, the protesters chanted “Down with Khatami' and threw empty beverage bottles, newspapers, books and fruit toward cars carrying Khatami and his entourage or spit at them.

Terrified of the reaction by Iranians, Khatami and his entourage left the scene quickly. Italians and tourists in the area applauded the Iranian protesters and declared solidarity with them.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
March 11, 1999

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