Iranians burn U.S. flags to mark embassy seizure

Now painted with anti-U.S. murals, the former US embassy is currently a training and educational facility controlled by Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards.

Iranians burn U.S. flags to mark embassy seizure

World Bulletin / News Desk

Thousands of Iranians chanting “Death to America” burnt U.S. flags on Friday to mark the 33rd anniversary of the seizure of the U.S. embassy in Tehran, just days before the American presidential election.

Speaking at Friday’s rally, the commander of Iran’s volunteer Basij militia, Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Naqdi, said the Islamic republic will face the sanctions head on.

“The Iranian nation has chosen its path and will overcome the sanctions by adopting the 'economy of resistence’,” he said, referring to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s policy of confronting the punitive measures.

The anniversary of the November 4, 1979 embassy seizure, in which students captured and held 52 U.S. diplomats hostage for 444 days, is commemorated in Iran according to the Persian calendar.

The hostage-taking, which came just months after the Islamic revolution overthrew the U.S.-backed shah.

Now painted with anti-U.S. murals, the former embassy is currently a training and educational facility controlled by Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards.

 

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Last Mod: 02 Kasım 2012, 16:45
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