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Iran Attacks Protesters At ‘Anti-US’ Rally

From the ‘death to America’ crowd at the Associated Press:

Chant: "Obama, Obama, you’re either with them, or with us."

Iran police, protesters clash at US Embassy rally

By Ali Akbar Dareini, Associated Press Writer

TEHRAN, Iran – Iranian security forces beat anti-government protesters with batons Wednesday on the sidelines of state-sanctioned rallies to mark the 30th anniversary of the U.S. Embassy takeover. The counter-demonstrations were the opposition’s first major show of force on Tehran’s streets in nearly two months.

The opposition sought to display unity and resolve after relentless crackdowns on their protests following the disputed June presidential election. Though the crowds were far smaller than during last summer’s outrage, authorities were ready with the same sweeping measures: dispatching paramilitary units to key locations and disrupting mobile phones, text messaging and Internet access to frustrate protest organizers.

The contrasts in the latest protest wave were stark: people chanting "Death to America" outside the former U.S. Embassy while hundreds of opposition marchers in central Haft-e-Tir Square denounced President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with cries of "Death to the Dictator."

Other opposition protesters marched silently and flashed the V-for-victory sign. Many wore green scarves or wristbands that symbolized the campaign of opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi, who claims Ahmadinejad stole the election from him through fraud. Mousavi and his allies, including former President Mohammad Khatami, appeared to encourage opposition protesters to return to the streets.

Witnesses told The Associated Press that security forces — mainly paramilitary units and militiamen from the elite Revolutionary Guard — swept through the hundreds of demonstrators at Haft-e-Tir Square, clubbing, kicking and slapping protesters

Pro-reform Web sites said police fired into the air to try to clear the square — about half a mile from the annual anti-American gathering outside the former U.S. Embassy. The report could not immediately be independently verified.

The state-run Islamic Republic News Agency reported police also used tear gas to disperse protesters in other parts of the city…

Outside the former U.S. Embassy, thousands of people waved anti-American banners and signs praising the Islamic Revolution.

The main speaker, hard-line lawmaker Gholam Ali Haddad Adel, denounced the United States as the main enemy of Iran. He did not mention the talks with the West, including the United States, on Iran’s nuclear program.

But he labeled opposition leaders as dangerous for the country, saying they claim to support the ideals of the Islamic Revolution but aid Iran’s perceived enemies.

President Barack Obama noted the anniversary of the takeover of the U.S. Embassy and urged the two countries to move beyond the "path of sustained suspicion, mistrust and confrontation."

For the record, here is how Iran’s Press TV is reporting these demonstrations:

Iranians mark US embassy takeover

Wed, 04 Nov 2009

Rallies marking the 30th anniversary of the US Embassy takeover in Tehran have started in capital Tehran as well as other cities across the country.

Tens of thousands of people from all walks of life and many political persuasions have staged a rally at the site of the former US embassy in Tehran, better known in Iranian history as the ‘Den of Spies’.

November 4 marks three important events in Iranian history: the takeover of the former US embassy in Tehran by Muslim students following the Imam’s line in 1979 and the exile of the late Founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini by the deposed Shah in 1964.

The declaration of the day as the Students Day, however, is overridingly in remembrance of several students martyred in 1978 while taking part in a protest against the Shah.

Since the 1979 takeover of the US embassy in Tehran, Iranians have been celebrating the occasion every year by holding rallies on the anniversary and marking it as the National Day against the ‘Global Arrogance’.

People carried placards expressing their hatred of the bullying of arrogant powers and the US in particular. They also chanted slogans against the United States and Israel.

In 1979, Iranian university students took over the building to thwart what they called Washington’s plots against the Islamic Revolution that was only a few months old at the time.

Inside the embassy, the students found shredded documents which proved their convictions.

Meanwhile, small groups of supporters of defeated presidential candidates also held a rally in central Tehran on Wednesday.

The protestors gathered in Haft-e-Tir square, which leads to the former US embassy compound. The protesters chanted slogans against the government.

Police later dispersed the anti-government demonstrators.

Isn’t it amazing how Mr. Obama’s honeyed words have made Iran so much kinder to the US.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, November 4th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Iran Attacks Protesters At ‘Anti-US’ Rally”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    This has got to piss off the demented “Reverend” Wright.

    And what pisses off the demented “Reverend” Wright puts a big ol smile on my face.


    (ah, Iran, where the mullahs are bearded and the sheep nervous)

  2. canary says:

    Obama’s probably celebrating too. Ayers probably having a flag stomping party.

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