Iranians Commemorate 1979 US Embassy Takeover

Katrina Barker
November 6, 2017

Iran marked the 38th anniversary of the takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran on Saturday by displaying a missile and holding anti-U.S. demonstrations.

Thousands gathered at the former USA embassy in downtown Tehran where a missile, believed to be a 2,000-kilometre-range solid-fuel Sejjil, was on display.

On November 4, 1979, a group of Iranian university students took over the United States diplomatic mission, which they believed had turned into a centre of espionage aimed at overthrowing the then-nascent Islamic Republic.

Demonstrators held anti-U.S. and anti-Israel signs and chanted slogans, including "Down With the United States", condemning Washington's policies toward Iran. The rally, which commemorates the students who led the takeover of the building on September 3, 1979, also served as a unified denouncement of US -imposed sanctions on the Islamic Republic. Additionally, a senior official accused President Donald Trump of a "crazy" return to confrontation with Tehran.

Trump's administration has taken a tougher line with Iran, threatening to tear up an global accord on its nuclear programme.

The former USA embassy in Tehran is now a cultural centre but stands as a symbol of a United States defeat for many Iranians.

Iran's commemorations took place under tight security managed by Iranian police and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. State TV said similar celebrations were being held in other Iranian cities and towns.

Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged Iranians on Thursday to never forget that "America is the enemy".

Ali Shamkhani, secretary of the country's Supreme National Security Council, addressed the crowd on Saturday, saying Iran will make any sanctions imposed by the USA "ineffective", even as Washington targets Iran's economic, nuclear and defensive power.

Shamkhani, alluding to Trump's threats against North Korea, said even USA allies know that Trump "has no power to realize his bluffs, against Iran, too".

Though U.S. diplomats and Central Intelligence Agency officers shredded thousands of documents before the students entered the building, the Iranian researchers spent years piecing each paper slice back together. "I don't see any solution in my child's lifetime, let alone mine".

"I wish the hostility between the two countries would end as soon as possible because we are suffering from it", said Hasan Mahmoudi, a shopkeeper near the embassy.

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