external image iran372.jpgOne of the most impetuous and gory events in Iran’s history took place on the date of September 8, 1978. This damaging incident took its potential on the streets of Tehran, Iran. Black Friday is known as the massive series of protests against the rule of "The Shah", Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.
Many people disliked the manner in which the Shah ran the Iranian government and people, so they protested. In addition, religious and political opposition was also occuring during the Shah's powerful reign.
This peaceful demonstration amongst thousands of Iranians took no effect on the Shah and so to many people's disapproval he ordered martial law to all the major cities. As a result, hundreds of military helicopters and tanks took absolute control on all of the people that participated in the demonstration. These collected soldiers including the SAVAK did everything in their power to obstruct the protestors, but it was to no avail as it took violent and inhuman acts to prevent further more protesting. These series of massacre’s took location in many places such as Zhalel Square and as a sign of respect of the numerous amount of lives taken away, this establishment was renamed the "Square of Martyrs". Even the people who died protesting were considered martyrs.
This event drastically evolved for months following September 8th. What followed was the displacement of the Oil industries in Iran and many other reforms took location as well. Black Friday was even considered the starting point of the Iranian Revolution. After this unforgettable date, Reza Shah Pahlavi never restored complete power as he fled in exile a few months later.
Links: 1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Friday_%281978%29
2. http://www.internews.org/visavis/BTVPages/Theislamicrevolution.html#Black_Friday