Tehran Marks 1979 Embassy Siege With Anti-American Rally

Thousands of people rallied outside the former US embassy in Tehran on Monday to mark the 40th anniversary of the Iran hostage crisis. People marched chanting anti-American slogans “Down with USA” and “Death to America” and carrying effigies mocking US President Donald Trump.

​According to local news agencies, rallies also took place in the cities of Mashhad, Shiraz and Esfahan.

On 4 November 1979, Iranian students belonging to the Muslim Student Followers of the Imam’s Line, a group that supported the Iranian Revolution, took fifty-two American diplomats and citizens hostage. This happened several months after the toppling of Iran’s US-backed Shah. The students demanded that Washington hand over the ousted ruler. One Iranian civilian and eight US servicemen were killed during a failed operation to rescue the hostages who eventually spent more than a year inside the embassy.

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