40 years on, Iranians recall 1979 US Embassy hostage crisis
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The memories are still fresh for those who were there, 40 years after one of the defining events of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, when protesters seized the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and set off a 444-day hostage crisis.
The consequences of that crisis continue to reverberate to this day — it set off decades of hostility amid an Islamic takeover that turned a former U.S. ally into perhaps its greatest adversary.
Veteran Iranian photographer Kaveh Kazemi recalls snapping away with his camera as he stood behind the gate where the Iranian militant students would usher blindfolded American hostages to those gathered outside waving anti-American banners and calling for the extradition of the deposed Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.
He recounts how those days “changed the world as I knew it.”