Above Photo: Young protesters at the rally. | Photo: Twitter / Khaaasteh
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Iranian protesters demonstrated against continued U.S. hostility towards Iran to commemorate the day students occupied Tehran’s U.S. embassy in 1979.
Thousands of Iranians have taken to the streets of Tehran in protest at ongoing U.S. aggression on the anniversary of the U.S. Embassy takeover by students in 1979.
To mark the National Day of Fight against Global Arrogance on Saturday, demonstrators condemned U.S. intervention in the region, calling attention to President Donald Trump’s recent remarks against the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).
Protesters denounced Trump’s decision to decertify the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, also known as the Iran Nuclear Deal. Trump argued that Tehran had failed to comply with the agreement’s demands, despite international observers affirming otherwise.
Hasan Shorjeh, a retired teacher carrying a “Down With America” placard, told the LA Times that Iran had no reason to respect the deal if the U.S. refused to uphold its end of the agreement.
Iranian people marking National Day of Fight against Global Arrogance in front of former US embassy in Tehran pic.twitter.com/SxQM2pU5pZ
— Reza Khaasteh (@Khaaasteh) November 4, 2017
“As the supreme leader said, American administrations have always been cunning and hostile, so I don’t see any solution for the disputes,” Shorjeh said. “The enmity with America will continue and our resistance will as well. I don’t see any solution in my child’s lifetime, let alone mine.”
— Ali Mohammadi (@AphMohammadi) November 4, 2017
On November 4, 1979, shortly after the Islamic Revolution toppled the U.S.-backed monarchy, Iranian university students stormed the U.S. embassy in the capital, claiming it had been a center of espionage bent on overthrowing the new government. The students later published evidence supporting their claims. The day has since been commemorated with annual marches in front of the former U.S. embassy.
During Saturday’s march, people also expressed solidarity with Palestine, Bahrain, Yemen, Syria, Myanmar and the Shiite Muslims of Saudi Arabia.
“I think that even if I live 120 years, the enmity with America will not be buried — at least not as long as America doesn’t change its hostile policy toward Iran,” Roghaye Riyahi, another protester told media. “In fact, today, Trump the madman has contributed to our celebration of the takeover and more people have taken part — gloriously and wholeheartedly.”