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Iranians mark anniversary of US embassy takeover

Iranians mark anniversary of US embassy takeover

Thousands of anti-American demonstrators marked the anniversary of the 1979 storming of the U.S. Embassy in a rally Thursday held under tight security but without challenges from opposition groups.
The annual pro-government event outside the former embassy compound brought clashes and chaos to central Tehran last year after protesters held counter-marches over their claims of massive vote rigging in the presidential election.
But it was among the last major displays of opposition anger on the streets as embattled authorities stepped up crackdowns and threats to quell the most serious domestic unrest since Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution.
This year, security forces were on high alert for any hints of dissent.


Updated : 2021-01-17 15:44 GMT+08:00