In Teheran, thousands of cheering Iranians demonstrated at the United States Embassy on Tuesday (4 November) on the first anniversary of the seizure of the Embassy and hostages.
GV Crowd cheering at rally in Iran.
SV Prime Minister Mohammed Ali Rajai walks onto rostrum as crowds cheer.
CU Armed guards at rally
CU Crowd chanting as Rajai acknowledges them.
GV Chanting crowd.
SV Soldiers marching through street to Embassy.
GV PAN Soldiers leading picture of Ayatollah Khomeini on jeep.
CU Locked gate of U.S. Embassy ZOOM UP TO people guarding embassy.
SV PAN Crowd cheering outside embassy.
GV PAN People going to rally.
CU Flower ZOOM OUT TO injured soldiers waiting.
GV Helicopter ZOOM OUT TO crowd at rally.
CU Image of Carter being lead through crowd. (2 SHOTS)
GV Crowd chanting CU women speaking. (2 SHOTS)
SV Armed women guards. (2 SHOTS)
SV Youths marching through streets.
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Background: In Teheran, thousands of cheering Iranians demonstrated at the United States Embassy on Tuesday (4 November) on the first anniversary of the seizure of the Embassy and hostages. The anti-American celebrations passed as the U.S. State Department was considering the terms for release of the hostages, still held somewhere in Iran.
SYNOPSIS: Even while the U.S. government was analysing the Iranian demands for the release of the hostages, the crowds were shouting their anti-American slogans. Prime Minister Mohammed Ali Rajai mounted the rostrum to tell them that the Iranian government would take over control of the 52 American hostages, from the students who seized them, exactly one year ago.
About one-fifth of the 100,000 cheering Iranians were admitted into the 27 acre (11 hectare) U.S. compound. They heard Mr. Rajai call the Embassy "the nest of spies", the name the militant students have given it. But problems over the details of the hostages' release appeared far from the minds of the happy crowd. Although revolutionary leader Ayatollah Khomeini's son Hojatoleslam Ahmad sought to play down speculation over a quick end to the crisis, the crowd seemed more concerned with criticism of American policy.
While the tone of the demonstration was mainly anti-American, demonstrators concentrated their protests against neighbouring Iraq. Iran has made no mention of aid for the war to the Americans and U.S. officials have said they will not turn over lethal items.
Some people burned effigies of President Carter and one demonstrator wearing an Uncle Sam top hat, bearing the U.S. flag, was dragged about in chains. There was no mention made in Mr. Rajai's speech about putting the hostages on trial if the United States did not meet Iran's demands. On Wednesday (5 November) while the Iranian officials waited for a positive answer from Washington to their four demands, the hostages had still not been handed over to the government. Nor has any solid information surfaced on where the hostages are being held.