Anti-US protest in Iran with return of oil sanctions

Iranian marchers chanted "death to America" and burned the Stars and Stripes on Sunday, as the anniversary of the 1979 seizure of the US embassy coincided with the eve of reimposed US oil sanctions.
Iranians protest during an anti-US demonstration in front of the former US embassy in Tehran, on Nov 4, 2018.
Iranians protest during an anti-US demonstration in front of the former US embassy in Tehran, on Nov 4, 2018.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

Iranians chanting "Death to America" rallied yesterday to mark the anniversary of the seizure of the US Embassy during the 1979 Islamic Revolution and the imminent return of US sanctions on Iran's oil sector.

Thousands of students in the government-organised rally in Teheran burned the Stars and Stripes, an effigy of Uncle Sam and pictures of President Donald Trump outside what was once the US mission.

The restoration of US sanctions today is part of a wider effort by Mr Trump to force Teheran to halt its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes and its support for proxy forces in conflicts in the Middle East.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 05, 2018, with the headline 'Anti-US protest in Iran with return of oil sanctions'. Print Edition | Subscribe