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those iranians...
    #2071173 - 11/04/03 10:26 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/3241217.stm

Iran marks US embassy seizure


By Jim Muir
BBC correspondent in Tehran


Thousands of Iranians have attended an anti-American demonstration in Tehran to commemorate the takeover of the US embassy there by Islamic militants after the revolution in 1979.


Protesters burned American flags and effigies of US President Bush
The embassy seizure and the holding of US diplomats hostage for 444 days led to a rupture of relations between the two countries which persists today.

The usual slogans - "Death to America! Death to Israel!" - were chanted by a crowd mainly made up of schoolchildren and conscripts, who had been given the day off and bussed in to take part in the rally.

They gathered at the gate of the former American embassy, now a Revolutionary Guards base and occasional museum of US "atrocities" around the world.

The annual commemoration is always an occasion for the airing of hardline views.

Final word

This year, the question was whether it would turn into a demonstration against Iran's recent decision to comply with all the demands of the international atomic energy agency - a controversial step viewed by many hard-liners as a humiliating climbdown.

But that did not happen. Two nights earlier, the country's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, had broken his public silence on the issue and made it clear that this was a regime decision taken in the national interest.


Some young people said they would like good relations with the US
Right-wingers accept the rulings of the Leader as the final word on any subject he chooses to speak on.

Extreme hardliners who had continued to attack the compliance decision as a shameful capitulation fell silent after he had made clear his support for the move.

But some of the hard-liners in the crowd said they would have preferred Iran to take a stronger stand, though they said they understood that the decision had to be taken.

"My opinion about the decision which was taken is not positive," said one young man.

"Iran took measures in the interest of the (Islamic) system. The prudence was good, but I think Iran should have shown more power."

Other groups of schoolchildren said they had been obliged to take part in the demonstration. Some said they would like Iran to have good relations with America.

Behind bars

Many of the young people attending the rally were unaware of the irony of the occasion.

Most of the militants who led the storming of the embassy in 1979 are now leading figures in the stalled reformist movement.

One of the best-known, Abbas Abdi, is currently serving a long jail sentence dished out by the right-wing judiciary for conducting opinion polls showing that most Iranians favour reopening dialogue with the United States.

One of the reformist newspapers carried a cartoon showing Mr Abdi climbing over the bars of the embassy compound in 1979 - and today, looking out from between the bars of Tehran's notorious Evin Prison.

Reformists had hoped to stage a parallel demonstration outside Evin in support of Mr Abdi and other political prisoners, but it was called off at the last moment.



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    #2071294 - 11/04/03 11:00 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

Iran is a political/religious conflict within itself - many want reform but the nature of the Shia regime is deeply Clerical. The country itself is lead by a reformer yet people are still being imprisoned for blasphemy related charges. Iran is perhaps the beacon of light for a much needed reform of an increasingly politicized Islam.

Mohamed Khatami: Balancing Act



President Khatami's appearance comes off as friendly and moderate too I might add.


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