Thousands of Iranians gathered on Tehran streets Thursday for the anniversary of the 1979 seizure of the U.S. Embassy, chanting “Death to America” and “Death to Israel,” and burning American and Israeli flags. The embassy takeover triggered a 444-day hostage disaster and a break in diplomatic relations that continues to today.
The government-organized commemoration, lengthy a venue for voicing anti-Western sentiment, sometimes attracts offended crowds every year. Last 12 months, authorities canceled the occasion due to the still-raging coronavirus pandemic however on Thursday, state TV mentioned that 800 cities throughout Iran staged demonstrations.
Protesters hoisted an effigy of President Joe Biden sporting a T-shirt emblazoned with the Star of David, drops of purple paint dripping from its mouth. It wasn’t clear whether or not the demonstrators have been making an attempt to make a degree or have been merely recycling previous props from their 2019 parade, however the determine’s mop of orange hair resembled that of the effigy of former President Donald Trump used on the rally two years in the past.
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In a prolonged speech to the crowds, Gen. Hossein Salami, chief of the paramilitary Revolutionary Guard, denounced the United States as a “dictator-making factory” and took goal at what he referred to as American aggression within the area, declaring that “children of this nation (Iran) will stand bravely against any power that wants to damage their interests.”
Long-simmering tensions between the U.S. and Iran have flared once more in latest months after Iran’s election of ultraconservative President Ebrahim Raisi, which introduced hard-liners to energy throughout each department of authorities and stalled Tehran’s negotiations with world powers to revive its now-tattered 2015 nuclear deal.
Iran has ramped up nuclear escalations on the similar time, enriching small portions of uranium nearer than ever to weapons-grade ranges and interfering with worldwide inspections of its nuclear websites.
After months of delays, the European Union, Iran and the U.S. introduced Wednesday that oblique talks to resuscitate the deal would resume on Nov. 29 in Vienna. In feedback broadcast Thursday on state TV, Raisi reiterated that Iran desires “result-oriented” nuclear talks and would “stand against excessive demands which could damage our nation’s interests.”
In 2018, then-President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the landmark accord and imposed crushing sanctions, an escalation that set off a shadow battle between Iran and the West that has focused business delivery and roiled essential Mideast waterways. The seas have witnessed a collection of hijackings and explosions, together with a deadly drone assault earlier this 12 months that the U.S. blamed on Iran.
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On Wednesday, the eve of the forty second anniversary of the embassy seizure, American officers revealed that Iran had seized a Vietnamese-flagged oil tanker within the Gulf of Oman final month and nonetheless holds the vessel in its port.
Iran, in the meantime, provided conflicting accounts of what occurred, claiming that Guard commandos had thwarted a U.S. seizure of a tanker carrying Iranian oil within the Gulf of Oman and freed the vessel. It aired dramatic footage on state tv however didn’t additional clarify the incident.
In his speech to the throngs exterior the constructing that when housed the U.S. Embassy, Salami lauded the Guard for its assault, accusing the Americans of making an attempt “to take our oil” and supporting “pirates.”
“We are serious in defending our homeland,” he declared.
Gathered Iranians waved flags and raised portraits of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the highly effective commander killed in early January 2020 in an American drone strike in Baghdad ordered by Trump.
A big American flag was unfold on the road, forcing these marching to stroll over it.
The commemoration marks the dramatic day when hard-line Iranian scholar demonstrators overran guards and pushed into the embassy compound on Nov. 4, 1979, enraged that President Jimmy Carter had allowed Iran’s exiled and fatally ailing Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi to obtain most cancers remedy within the United States.
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Just a few embassy staffers fled and hid within the house of the Canadian ambassador to Iran earlier than escaping the nation with the assistance of the CIA, a narrative recounted within the 2012 movie “Argo.”
The fall of the U.S.-allied shah transfixed America, as nightly pictures of blindfolded hostages performed on tv units throughout the nation. Ultimately, as Carter left workplace, all 52 captive American diplomats have been freed.