facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Iranians rally on hostage anniversary

Nov. 2, 2012 at 12:18 PM   |   Comments

TEHRAN, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Iranian demonstrators marking the 33rd anniversary of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran issued a statement calling for respect for their revolutionary principles.

Iranian demonstrators used a day reserved for Friday prayers to mark the anniversary of the takeover of the U.S. Embassy. Demonstrations at the embassy Nov. 4, 1979, led to a hostage crisis that lasted more than 400 days.

Iranian state-funded broadcaster Press TV reports demonstrators taking part in the event called on the international community to make it a crime to insult the Prophet Mohammed.

"We call on international organizations and community, including the United Nations, to take effective and practical measures to include respect for the divine religions and prophets in the international charters and regulations, criminalize any insult to them and prosecute the criminals," the statement read.

Iran has presidential elections next year to replace Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He can't run because of term limits.

A rift has emerged between Ahmadinejad and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The president's media adviser, Ali Akbar Javanfekr, was arrested this year on charges of publishing remarks viewed as contrary to Islamic principles.

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Britain to pay off some World War I debt Britain to pay off some World War I debt
2
Interstate 270 drivers scramble after bag of cash falls off truck Interstate 270 drivers scramble after bag of cash falls off truck
3
Costa Rica's Turrialba volcano erupts Costa Rica's Turrialba volcano erupts
4
Train hits SUV in southern Illinois, 3 dead Train hits SUV in southern Illinois, 3 dead
5
Frein due in court Friday, prosecutors seeking death penalty Frein due in court Friday, prosecutors seeking death penalty
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback