"Flag burning" Marks Iran-US Hostage Anniversary
November 04, 2003
TEHRAN -- Some 10,000 Iranian hardliners gathered outside the former US embassy here Tuesday for the 24th anniversary of the storming of the compound, with the annual letting off of steam featuring the habitual chanting of "Death to America".
After being driven by specially-arranged buses to the city centre compound -- now a Revolutionary Guards base -- the crowd waved anti-US banners and chanted "Death to America", "Death to Britain" and "Death to the Zionists".
Other slogans included "Martyrdom is our dream, this is the response to our enemies". US and Israeli flags and effigies of Uncle Sam were also set ablaze in the festivities.
Flags were also laid out on the road so drivers could enjoy taking a spin over the stars and stripes.
On November 4, 1979, in the wake of Iran's Islamic revolutions, a group of Islamist students stormed the US embassy in Tehran and held its staff hostage there for 444 days. The crisis led to the suspension of diplomatic ties between Washington and Tehran. http://www.iranmania.com/News/ArticleView/Default.asp?NewsCode=19360&NewsKind=Current%20Affairs
Focusing their anger at the US, Britain and the Zionists resembles Don Quixote jousting at a windmill.
posted on 11/04/2003 8:14:43 AM PST
by Pan_Yans Wife
(You may forget the one with whom you have laughed, but never the one with whom you have wept.)
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