Iranians mark 39th anniversary of US embassy takeover
Rallies marking this year's "National Day Against Global Arrogance", an Iranian tradition since the victory of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, started Monday in different parts of the Iranian capital. Iranians converged at the site of the former US embassy in Tehran, better known in Iranian history as the "Den of Spies."
Ralliers, including groups of school and university students, chanted slogans against the United States as they marched through Tehran's streets. By chanting slogans such as "nuclear energy, is the legitimate right of the Iranian nation", the ralliers underscored the need for producing nuclear energy to generate electricity.
According to IRNA, November 4 has great significance in Iranian history because of three major events: 1. Declaration of the day as the 'Students Day' in remembrance of several students killed in 1978 while taking part in protest rally against the former Shah. 2. Sending to exile of the late Imam Khomeini in 1963. And 3. Take-over of the former US embassy in Tehran by university students followers of the Imam Khomeini in 1979.