More than 10,000 Iran militia wish for US defeat
Sunday, November 30, 2003
TEHRAN, Nov 30 (AFP) - More than 10,000 Iranian revolutionary militia chanted "Death to America" outside the former US embassy in Tehran on Sunday, wishing defeat in Iraq on the "Great Satan."
"The region will only see peace and calm when the occupiers get out," Yahya Rahim Safavi, head of both the elite Revolutionary Guards Corps and the Bassij militia, told the crowd of men and women who had been bussed to the city center compound.
"We hope that the US is dealt a humiliating defeat in Iraq, so the US warmonger administration won't get re-elected to send US children to the Iraqi quagmire," he added.
"The attack on Islam has begun, but the future of Islam is to spread peace and security throughout the world," Safavi said, while standing behind a symbolic trench made of sandbags in front of the main entrance to the former embassy.
The Bassiji, the men wearing camouflage fatigues and the women in the all-embracing black chador, who according to their own estimate numbered around 15,000, chanted the usual slogans of "Death to America" and "Death to Israel."
On November 4, 1979, in the wake of Iran's Islamic revolution, a group of Islamist students stormed the US embassy in Tehran and held around 50 diplomats hostage there for 444 days.
The hostage crisis led to the suspension of diplomatic ties between Washington and Tehran.
The United States remains the principal "enemy" to the Islamic Republic, along with Israel, while the former embassy is now a Revolutionary Guards base. http://www.iranmania.com/News/ArticleView/Default.asp?NewsCode=20173&NewsKind=Current%20Affairs