IRDC.IR: Coincident with the announcement of Imam Khomeini's upcoming return to Iran, and formation of a welcoming committee, people of every stratum of society, supported it and helped the members, turning it into a public committee, although they were not official members of it.
1. Solving the problem of settling by people
When it was confirmed that Imam was returning to Iran, people from all over the country headed to Tehran, but the settlement of the passionate crowd was one of the most important problems the committee was facing.
Muhammadreza Etemadian, responsible for welcoming Imam Khomeini's guests, tells the story of those days in his diaries. How they had People settled in Mosques, Hosseiniehs, and houses. He says: "We were responsible for planning the reception of the guest, and everyone that wanted to come to tehran, individually, with their family or in a group, were supposed to call us and we had to set their residence. Also, people who were able to be their host, had to call us and inform us with the number of guests they could accept. People had their arms open eagerly, they told us that they'd got a place and they'd also serve food.
2. Providing the needs of the committee by people
The costs of running such an event was impossible to be provided, if we hadn't public support.
Mr.Nayyeri, procurement manager of welcoming committee notes in his diaries: "There was a rumor spread throughout the country, that Tehran was suffering lack of provisions. We got surprised by many trucks full of supplies, all heading to Refah school. Bread, meat, apples, everything! Some people from Tehran, came up and gave us money, jewellery and etc. without asking for receipt.
3. The role of people, in informing the members of the committee
One of the factors of the publicity of welcoming committee, was that people helped the official members by providing them with information about the circumstances. Danesh Monfared says: "People reported important and sensitive news to the members of the committee, and they were immediately delivered to me. We discussed the important news in the night meetings at the headquarters. And a summary was conveyed to Revolution Council by Shahid Motahhari.
4. Guarding Imam by people
One of the other factors of the publicity of welcoming committee, was people's cooperation in establishing security and protecting Imam Khomeini.
As Taher Ahmadi says: "We were told that they needed manpower for Imam's arrival. Trusted guys were going to be at the airport and all the way to Behesht-e-Zahra, during Imam's welcoming, so we could create order."
After the recruitment, with the protection committee starting their job, the trainings were immediately started. Almost 75000 people were organized and some were also trained.
Translated by: Roya Jalali