countermove. CIA officers, with satchels full of Iranian rials, distributed money to the street people through the Mullahs. A mob rushed into the streets of Tehran calling "Down with Mossadegh." Pro-Mossadegh citizens, hearing the cry, joined in the opposition and violent streetfighting followed. In the ensuing conflict over 250 people were killed.
General Zahedi went to Mossadegh's house with his officers, in a tank at the head of the CIA-sponsored mob. When the mob could not keep up with the officers, the CIA hired taxis for them. This time the guards were shot and Mossadegh fled, but he was soon captured and put on trial for treason before a military court. At his trial he presented a document showing that the day before the mob riot Iran Bank had cashed a check for $390,000 made out to Edward G. Donally, an American.7 But his evidence was ignored.
Thus, Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, who assumed all the power and pomp of his dictatorial father, was placed on his peacock throne by the CIA.8 The change of leadership received the full support of the United States. In a few months there were over 900 American troops in Iran to support the shah and to train his army.