“Death to America!”: Iran Holds State-Sponsored Rallies to “Celebrate” 1979 U.S. Embassy Seizure Amid Mounting Anti-Regime Protests
“In every school, students are REQUIRED by the regime to take part. Regime supporters burn US flags and chant “death to America”.”
The Iranian regime staged anti-American rallies in capital city Tehran and other cities to “celebrate” the seizure of the U.S. embassy during the country’s Islamic Revolution 43 years ago. “Iran held state-sponsored annual rallies on Friday marking the 1979 seizure of the U.S. embassy in Tehran,” the Reuters reported Friday.
The regime-backed rallies on Friday marked the events on November 4, 1979, when an angry and well-organized Shia-Islamic mob, instigated by their leader Ayatollah Khomeini, broke into the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and held 52 U.S. diplomats hostage for 444 days.
Today in Iran is "Student Day" a regime holiday celebrating the Islamic regime's takeover and hostage taking at the US Embassy in 1979. In every school, students are REQUIRED by the regime to take part. Regime supporters burn US flags and chant "death to America." #iranrevolution pic.twitter.com/rvkmRtjQ5c
— Emily Schrader – אמילי שריידר امیلی شریدر (@emilykschrader) November 4, 2022
Friday’s rallies, which coincided with the weekly Islamic day of prayer, were used to incite hatred towards America and its Western allies.
Demonstrators loyal to the regime, including burqa clad women, screamed “Death to America!” and “Death to Israel!” as they marched in processions, media outlets report. “Participants also played songs which described the US as a manifestation of Satan,” German public broadcaster DW News reported.
The Associated Press reported the regime-sponsored ‘celebrations’:
Iran on Friday marked the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran as its theocracy faces nationwide protests after the September death of a 22-year-old woman who was arrested by the country’s morality police. Meanwhile, activists in southeast Iran claimed security forces killed at least 16 people in protests there.
Iranian state-run television aired live feeds of various commemorations around the country, with some in Tehran waving placards of the triangle-shaped Iranian drones Russia now uses to strike targets in its war on Ukraine. But while crowds in Tehran looked large with chador-wearing women waving the Islamic Republic’s flag, other commemorations in the country appeared smaller, with only a few dozen people taking part.
Iran’s hard-line President Ebrahim Raisi, speaking to people gathered in front of the former U.S. Embassy building, criticized those protesting the theocracy. (…)
Those at the commemoration also waved effigies of French President Emmanuel Macron and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Signs and chants from the crowd called out: “Death to America! Death to Israel!”
This demonstration of vile hatred towards the U.S. is not an occasional outburst, but a defining feature of the Iranian regime. The weekly Friday prayers in Tehran, often led by the country’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, are ceremonially accompanied by chants of “Death to America.”
Anti-Regime Protests Continue Despite Deadly Clampdown
While Tehran staged anti-American rallies, protests against the Mullah regime entered their 7th week despite a deadly crackdown by the Islamic Guard (IRGC) and other regime-loyalist militia.
On the anniversary of the US embassy hostage taking in Iran, today the regime called on students to take yo the streets to chant “death to America”.
Failed. Students only chant:
— Masih Alinejad 🏳️ (@AlinejadMasih) November 4, 2022
An estimated 227 people have been killed by regime forces, including 40 minors, an Iranian rights group revealed Thursday.
Thousands of Iranians have so far been arrested for taking part in the protests. “About 1,000 people in Tehran have been charged in connection with the anti-government protests that have engulfed Iran, the city’s chief prosecutor says,” the BBC reported earlier this week. “Authorities have not said how many have been arrested nationwide, but rights activists have put the total at 14,000.”
The uprising was sparked on September 16, when a 22-year-old woman died in the custody of Iran’s Sharia-enforcing Morality Police. The woman was accused of violating the country’s mandatory Islamic hijab, or headscarf, laws.
Women, particularly young girls, who refuse to wear hijab in the wake of the protests, are in the crosshairs of government forces.
According to media reports this week, a teenage girl in southern Iran was beaten to death by security personnel for allegedly tearing a picture of Khomeini, Iran’s former Ayatollah.
“An Iranian girl in middle school was beaten to death after police officers found a torn-up photo of former Iranian Supreme Leader Ruhollah Khomeini in one of her schoolbooks, local news outlet in the Sistan and Baluchestan Province Haalvsh reported on Sunday night, the Jerusalem Post reported Monday.DONATE
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