Golesorkhi then quotes Marx and describes how similar Shiite Islam and Marxism are, and that he and his comrades were like Imam Hussein's small army of devotees who became martyrs in an unfair battle against the almighty Khalif, Yazid. Golesorkhi briefly mentions why he was arrested and that he was tortured while in prison before mocking the Shah's land reforms which distributed the land to the peasants from the landowners, saying all it did was made Iran into a consumer society and a super market for selling the overproduction of imperialist goods. The judge finally interrupts him and tells him, 'this is your last defence, you are allowed to defend the charges against yourself'. Golesorkhi refuses to end his TV political broadcast and says he has nothing to say to defend himself, he is there to represent and defend 'his' people only. Then asks the judge if he does not have the freedom to defend himself he will finish and sit down. The judge reminds him again that he is free to say whatever he wants but what Golesorkhi is saying has nothing to do with the charges against him. Golesorkhi had made up his mind and decided to sit down. His other comrade Daneshian is not seen in this footage but I remember his defence clearly too. Daneshian also went on with a political broadcast in which he named other international 'Liberation' movements which met with his approval, including the Basque Liberation Front. Again the same thing happens and he is reminded by the judge and the prosecutor that he is not there to perform a sermon but to defend himself against his charges.
The point I am making is not judging Golesorkhi and his comrades, but to compare the political trials under the Shah with those in the Islamic Republic. It is clear that they were not coerced to read a pre-written text and make confessions.
Below are footages of trials in the Islamic Republic more than three decades since Golesorkhi's trial under the Shah. These are ordinary citizens arrested during post election protests. They have not plotted to kidnap anyone or assassinate anyone, most have taken part in post election protests asking 'where is my vote?'. Some are just journalists and there is even a young French female student amongst them. They are not being tried, they are not given a chance to defend themselves, they are made to read out what they have been told to say. Comparing the political 'trials' in Iran today with that of Golesrokhi's more than 30 years ago, makes the Shah truly a saint compared with this lot in power in Iran now.