People's Democratic Front (Iran)

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The People's Democratic Front (Persian: جبهه دموکراتیک خلق‎‎) was an Iranian rebel group, which advocated armed struggle against the regime of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. Prominent members of the group included Nader Shaygan-shamasbi, Marzieh Ahmadi-osku'i and Mostafa Shoa'ian. In June 1973 the organization merged into the Organization of Iranian People's Fedai Guerrillas.[1]

Ideological differences had existed between the People's Democratic Front and OIPFG. Shaygan and Shoa'ian opposed Leninism, which they saw as a deviation from Marxism. In 1974 Shoa'ian was expelled from OIPFG (by this time Shaygan was dead). After Shoa'ian's expulsion, other former People's Democratic Front cadres upheld the line of OIPFG.[1]


  1. ^ a b Behrooz, Maziar. Rebels with a Cause: The Failure of the Left in Iran. London: I.B. Tauris, 2000. pp. 63-64