Iran’s Revolutionary Guard chants “Death to America”
As the country’s new president moves towards diplomacy with the West, protests are planned for the 34th anniversary of the takeover of the U.S. Embassy Monday.
By Joel Landau / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Saturday, November 2, 2013, 6:50 PM
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Members of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards march past President Hassan Rowhani and military officials (unseen) during an annual military parade on Sept. 22 in Tehran.
“Death to America.”
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One of the hostages from the U.S. Embassy, blindfolded and with his hands bound, is being displayed to the crowd outside the building in Tehran by Iranian hostage takers on Nov. 9, 1979.
The soldiers, upset with their president’s attempts to strengthen his country’s relationship with the United States unveiled two new “Death to America” songs Saturday. There are also anti-U.S. protests planned on Monday – the 34th anniversary of when Iranian revolutionaries sieged the U.S. Embassy.
“The slogan Death to America is the symbol of strength and determination of the Iranian nation against the dominance of the United States, which is an oppressive and untrustworthy nation,” said the Revolutionary Guards on their official website.
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Thousands of demonstrators march on the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, Iran, on Nov. 16, 1979. An estimated 80,000 person joined the march, reportedly the biggest since hostage were seized in the embassy on Nov. 4, 1979.
The country is having an ideological debate since the election in June of moderate President Hassan Rouhani who is reaching out to Western countries to develop better relationships as the international community continues to monitor its nuclear activity, ynetnews.com reported.
Authorities pulled down dozens of anti-U.S. banners and posters around Tehran, the nation’s capital, last week, the outlet reported.
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Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei leads the Revolutionary Guard.
“Death to America” was one of the main slogans of the 1979 revolution, reports Al Jazeera.
Fifty-two Americans were held hostage for 444 days, between Nov. 4, 1979 to Jan. 20, 1981, after a group of Iranian students supporting the Iranian Revolution took over the embassy.
The Revolutionary Guards is a military organization that was founded after the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran. It has roughly 200,000 soldiers and its top priority is to protect Iran’s Islamic system.
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