Skip to comments.American flags burned as 10,000 Iranians protest on US Embassy siege anniversary
Posted on 11/05/2013 10:48:14 AM PST by Dave346
TEHRAN -- At least 10,000 Iranians protested outside the former U.S. Embassy in Tehran Monday, burning American flags and effigies of Barack Obama on the anniversary of the 1979 seizure of the building.
Annual demonstrations take place at the site, marking the date on which activists stormed the embassy 34 years ago and took 52 staff hostage for 444 days -- an act that severed diplomatic ties with the U.S. for more than three decades.
But this years demonstration was larger than usual, fueled by anger among Iranians at President Hassan Rouhani's recent moves to reopen dialogue with the West.
The crowd comprised mainly students and old revolutionaries from 1979, with equal numbers of men and women. It was at least ten times bigger than in previous years.
The air was thick with smoke as countless U.S. and Israeli flags went up in flames, accompanied by chants of "death to America" and the waving of anti-U.S. banners.
Reporters were issued with press credentials marked with the phrase "down with U.S.A."
Several protesters told NBC News they were taking part because they did not trust the U.S. and did not want Iran to do a deal with its arch-enemy.
On Saturday, an editorial by conservative newspaper Kayhan warned against trusting the U.S. in current nuclear negotiations, Reuters said. The editorial said there were signs that "the Americans are aiming to trick the Islamic Republic" in the next round of talks this week.
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American flags burned as 10,000 Iranians protest on US Embassy siege anniversary
These days; it's hard to differenciate between a protest and a celebration.
Cited in another article posted in another FR topic:
[snip] Dort, wo man Bucher verbrennt, verbrennt man am Ende auch Menschen. (Where books are burned, they will, in the end burn people, too) — Heinrich Heine (1797-1856), German Poet [/snip]
I guess it’s time to celebrate the green movement. This year
when I burn the tire I’ll throw in a koran soaked in
bacon grease. Add a little flavor to the soot.
Wonder how history would’ve been different had Cobra gunships greeted that crowd of whiners.
“The crowd comprised mainly students and old revolutionaries from 1979, with equal numbers of men and women.”
What do you bet this wasn’t just an observation by the reporters? I’d be willing to bet Ali Arouzi was fed this line by the protest organizers.