All but one of the Iranian demonstrators detained after protests in Washington last month have been released from detention.
GV SLOW PAN Chanting crowd watching speaker, Fakhreddin Hejazi, Iranian Parliamentarian, on top of United States embassy in Teheran, Iran
CU Flag with caricatures of President Carter in flames
GV Crowd chanting "Allah Al Akhbar" (God is great)
GV Mr. Hejazi addressing crowd
SV PAN & CU Crowd at prayer, individuals praying (5 shots)
GV TRACKING Women on ground outside U.S. Embassy praying and reading PULL OUT TO mother holding small baby
GV EXTERIOR Otisville Prison where Iranian demonstrators were being held (2 shots)
LV INTERIOR Empty cell
CU PAN Buses containing released prisoners carrying "Long live Khomeini" placards
CU Women chanting "Long live Khomeini" (2 shots)
CU Men chanting as they step from bus (2 shots)
SV American students carrying U.S. flag chanting "U.S.A."
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Background: All but one of the Iranian demonstrators detained after protests in Washington last month have been released from detention. They were being held in federal jails while the legality of their presence in the United States was being checked. A spokesman for the Immigration and Naturalisation Service said officials had checked all their visas and found that all but two iranians were in compliance with the law. Those two have been released on bail. The detention of the Iranians in American jails sparked massive protests in Teheran.
SYNOPSIS: The demonstrators were told that the Iranians arrested in the United States were being tortured. They listened as a hardline member of the Iranian Parliament, Fakhreddin Hejazi, said Iran was prepared to retaliate by blocking the Straits of Hormuz and the flow of oil to the West. He threatened acts of sabotage against American property in the Middle East.
Many in his audience insisted the arrest of the students would delay any release of the American hostages.
Mr. Hejazi told the crowd that if the United States touched just one hair of the students, Iran would burn all American installations in the Middle East.
However, despite the emotional fervour, tempers were calm. This was essentially a spiritual protest in what is the holy month of Ramadan. But it did provide clear evidence of popular outrage over the alleged maltreatment of the students being held in the United States.
It was a family occasion as husbands, wives and their children followed the prayers and listened to the simultaneous broadcast of the rally being transmitted by Iran's state radio station. Western correspondents estimated the crowd's size at upwards of a quarter of a million people.
This is Otisville Prison, in New York State, where most of the Iranians arrested after last month's demonstration in Washington had been held awaiting deportation proceedings.
It was in these cells that many of the students had begun a hunger strike.
But on Tuesday (5 August) they were released and taken by four buses to New York city. American authorities say that with two exceptions their visas had proven to be valid. The Iranians themselves continued their allegations that they had been treated brutally by Washington police.
In New York they were met by twenty Iranian women who had been freed from a federal jail there.
Those released were all taken to the Shi'ite Moslem mosque in the New York brought of Queens where they attended a thanksgiving prayer service.
A small crowd of teenagers shouting "U.S.A." held up an American flag as the Iranians field into the service.