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    INTRODUCTION: Thousands of Iranians have again been demonstrating in the streets of the capital, Teheran.

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    SV PAN Khomeini posters hanging on US embassy railings (2 shots)
    Demonstrators waving effigies on sticks
    TO Demonstrating crowds in street
    SV Demonstrators set fire to US flag
    SV Chanting women (in traditional dress) as flag burns
    SV PULL BACK GV Chanting crowds
    SV Burning effigy on pole
    SV Hojtoleslam Khoveiniha listening to chanting crowds (2 shots)
    SV khoveiniha speaking

    Background: INTRODUCTION: Thousands of Iranians have again been demonstrating in the streets of the capital, Teheran. They marched on the closed and deserted United States embassy to mark the second anniversary of its take-over and the beginning of the 14-month ordeal which followed for the American hostages.

    SYNOPSIS: The emotion-charged demonstration occurred last Wednesday (4 November). It was exactly two years since groups of Islamic Fundamentalists arrived outside the embassy buildings to protest about the 1978 massacre of their colleagues by the Shah's forces.

    On that day in 1979 they stormed the embassy, imprisoned the staff, and demanded the United States send back the Shah to face trial. Some hostages were later released, but 51 remained in captivity for 444 days.

    The students are still considered heroes by Iran's Islamic right wingers. With the remover of former President Bani-Sadr, many were given senior posts in the administration. These women in traditional dress are chanting their praises and demonstrating their hatred of America.

    Thousands more Iranians indulged in their now familiar "death to America" chants while the official Pars news agency said the embassy anniversary was celebrated as Iran continued to fight international blasphemy. This was a reference to the long-standing border war with neighbouring Iraq.

    Revolutionary guards sent a message to the demonstrators outside the embassy. They said the 1979 take over of the "den of spies" was the day US imperialism was finally buried. Watching the effigy-burners and slogan-shouters was Hojtoleslam Khoveiniha, one of the leading figures of Iran's ruling clergy who went on to deliver a speech.

    The embassy in central Teheran is still patrolled by young revolutionary guards. It's unclear if the premises will eventually be handed over to the Swiss authorities, who officially look after US interests in Iran since relations were broken off with the siege.
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