Iran remembers US embassy siege

04 November 2003
Thousands of Iranians gathered in central Tehran on 4 November - renamed 'national day of fighting global arrogance' - to commemorate the storming of the US embassy in the city in 1979. The demonstrators, who carried customary flags and banners denouncing the US, marched and chanted 'death to America' outside the former embassy where the 58 US members of staff were held for 444 days. Relations between Washington and Tehran have never recovered after the siege, and US President Bush included Iran in his 'axis of terror' speech in 2002.

In other events in Tehran, the security authorities released aides of dissident cleric Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri. The men, including two of the Ayatollah's sons, were arrested for attempting to start a seminary in Tehran. 'Hardliners do not want my father to have any facilities to teach, let alone engage in political activities,' said the Ayatollah's son, Ahmed Montazeri.

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