American, Israeli flags burned as Iran marks 1979 takeover of US Embassy


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American, Israeli flags burned as Iran marks 1979 takeover of US Embassy
Anniversary events staged in hundreds of cities across the country; head of powerful Islamic Republican Guards Corps vows defense of homeland
By Amir Vahdat

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Thousands of Iranians gathered on Tehran streets Thursday for the anniversary of the 1979 seizure of the US Embassy, chanting “Death to America” and “Death to Israel,” and burning American and Israeli flags. The embassy takeover triggered a 444-day hostage crisis and break in diplomatic relations that continues to this day. The government-organized commemoration, long a venue for voicing anti-Western sentiment, typically draws angry crowds each year. Last year, authorities canceled the event due to the still-raging coronavirus pandemic but on Thursday, state TV said that 800 cities across Iran staged demonstrations.

Gen. Hossein Salami, chief of the paramilitary Revolutionary Guard, denounced in a lengthy speech to the crowds what he described as American aggression in the region over the past decades, declaring that the “children of this nation will stand bravely against any power that wants to damage their interests.” Long-simmering tensions between the United States and Iran have flared again in recent months after Iran’s election of ultraconservative President Ebrahim Raisi, which brought hard-liners to power across every branch of government and stalled Tehran’s negotiations with world powers to revive its now-tattered 2015 nuclear deal. Iran has ramped up nuclear escalations at the same time, enriching small quantities of uranium closer than ever to weapons-grade levels and interfering with international inspections of its nuclear sites.



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I remember the sas preventing a takeover of an Iranian embassy in London either 1979 or 1980.


I Shall Not Be Moved
Seems like the citizens of Iran spend a whole lotta time congregating in the streets and spewing hate. Maybe it's their main form of entertainment. Seems like some country could send them some TV s and Kindles. Maybe an Xbox or two.