‘Death to America, death to Israel’: Iranians rally to mark anniversary of US Embassy takeover amid new sanctions

Thousands of Iranians rallied in Tehran Sunday to mark the 39th anniversary of the U.S. Embassy takeover, as the Trump administration restored all sanctions lifted under the nuclear deal.

The crowd chanted the traditional cries “Death to America” and “Death to Israel” during the rally in the capital, and state TV said similar demonstrations were held in other cities and towns.

Iranian students stormed the embassy shortly after the 1979 Islamic Revolution, taking 52 Americans hostage for 444 days. The U.S. cut off diplomatic relations in response.

Death to America, death to Israel' Iranians rally to mark anniversary of US Embassy takeover amid new sanctions (4)

Iran’s government celebrates the embassy takeover every year as a decisive blow against the United States, which had supported the autocratic rule of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. The embassy compound, widely known as the “den of spies,” is now a cultural center.

On Friday, the Trump administration announced the restoration of sanctions on Iran’s shipping, financial and energy sectors, the second batch of penalties to be restored.

Iran is already in the grip of an economic crisis and has seen sporadic protests in recent months as Iranian officials have tried to downplay the sanctions and their effects.