In Lebanon, heavily-armed security forces fired in the air and used batons to evict a group of demonstrators who invaded the grounds of the United States Embassy in Beirut on Sunday (1 November).
In Lebanon, heavily-armed security forces fired in the air and used batons to evict a group of demonstrators who invaded the grounds of the United States Embassy in Beirut on Sunday (1 November). The demonstrators chanted slogans supporting Iranian leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeiny and demanded the extradition of the deposed Shah from the United States. Several demonstrators were injured when Syrian and Lebanese troops evicted them from the embassy grounds.
SYNOPSIS: About two hundred demonstrators surrounded the U.S. Embassy, Security at the building had been stepped up by members of Syria's peace-keeping force, installed in Lebanon during the 1976 civil war. Three members of the Moslem clergy led the group in prayers and chants. They noisily declared their support for the Ayatollah Khomeiny.
Embassy officials hoped the group would state their case outside the embassy walls and leave it at that. But then some fifty students entered the compound and while U.S. marines took up positions on the top floors, Syrian and Lebanese troops moved in to evict the students.
The demonstrators refused to disperse. Several were injured. Their leaders tore down the American flag and burnt it, after ripping off the embassy crest. Some demonstrators climbed onto the roof of the lobby, and with anti-American feeling running high, refused to be silenced by the security troops.
Eventually the crowd started to leave the gates. Some remained with posters of Khomeini, intent on carrying on the protest.
But after two hours, the troops finally secured the embassy grounds, and the compound returned to normal.