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TEHRAN - Thousands of young Iranians chanting "Death to America!" rallied outside the former US embassy in Tehran yesterday to mark the 29th anniversary of the seizure of the building by Islamic revolutionaries.
The demonstrators, mainly pupils and students, also brandished banners bearing the same slogan as well as "Death to Israel", and burned US and Israeli flags and effigies of Uncle Sam, who symbolises the US.
"We will not get on with America even for a moment," read one placard carried by demonstrators standing in the rain outside what is dubbed the "Den of Spies" in central Tehran.
"Iranian people regard America as the Great Satan and the main instigator of wars and insecurity in the world," said a declaration read out at the rally, which appeared to be less crowded than in previous years. Tehran and Washington have had no diplomatic relations for nearly three decades since students took American diplomats hostage for 444 days following the 1979 Islamic revolution which toppled the US-backed Shah.
The embassy compound, now run by Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards, is used as an educational centre, with occasional exhibitions about the "crimes" of the United States.
Yesterday's demonstration came ahead of the US presidential election pitting Republican John McCain against Democrat front-runner Barack Obama, who many Iranians think might aid a thaw between the arch-foes.
"Obama is good because he is concerned about his people and he is not into war," said Amir, a 16-year-old high school student. - Sapa-AFP