Iranian dresses up as Palestinian.
(photo credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Thousands of Iranians participated in a mass rally on Thursday to mark
the 31st anniversary of the US embassy takeover in Teheran, news
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In November 1979, Islamic students seized the embassy and held 52 Americans hostage for 444 days.
Thursday's rally was an anti-US protest with attendees chanting "death to America" as well as anti-Israel slurs.
This year's annual rally was held under tight security but
without challenges from opposition groups. Last year, the pro-government
event outside the former embassy compound brought clashes and chaos to
central Teheran after protesters held counter-marches over their claims
of massive vote rigging in the June 2009 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
This year, security forces were on high alert for any hints of dissent.