Iran: US sanctions fan flames at anniversary of 1979 embassy takeover

Thousands of Iranians took to the streets of Tehran on Sunday to mark the 39th anniversary of the US Embassy takeover. The protest took place amid heightened tensions with Washington, following President Donald Trump's decision to restore all sanctions lifted under the Iran's nuclear deal. Protesters held banners with slogans against the US and Israel and chanted «Down with the US» and «Death to... Еще Israel.» They were also seen burning the flags of both countries. «The 40-year history of the Islamic Revolution is of the frequent failures of America in Iran and in the region. And with the help of God and the resistance of our people, the last trick of the enemy, which means economic warfare with remarkable support of American media against the Iranian nation, will fail too,» said Head of Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, addressing the crowds. This view was echoed by one of the protesters who said: «Iran is not afraid of economic blockades and the military blockade. Our nation has withstood all of the sanctions and problems during 40 years after the victory of the Islamic Revolution and, with God's help, our nation will withstand them all in this period too.» Another protester added: «Mr. Trump's words [about sanctions] come from his inner child, because we've been under sanctions over 40 years, so it's not new. Whatever they do, it will not be effective.» The incident, known as the 'Iran hostage crisis', started after hundreds of Iranian students, who supported the Iranian Revolution, took over the US Embassy in Tehran on November 4, 1979. Fifty-two US diplomats and citizens were held hostage for 444 days inside the embassy premises. It was widely seen in Iran as a blow against the US, its influence in Iran, and its perceived attempts to undermine the Iranian Revolution.

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