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Occupy Wall Street Spreads to...Tehran?


"Death to capitalism" and "Death to U.S."

Iranian demonstrators gathered outside the Swiss embassy in Tehran Saturday, setting an Israeli flag on fire to show support for the ongoing Occupy Wall Street movement sweeping the U.S.

They carried signs that bore familiar slogans, including, "The end of Wall Street" and "We are the 99 percent." Chants included "Death to capitalism" and "Death to U.S."

"We have gathered here today to support those that have gathered for the Wall Street movement. We have come here in show of support," one protester told Reuters.

Reports on the number of protesters in attendance varied, though Reuters put the number at several hundred.

According to the Tehran Times, the demonstrators, most of them students, delivered speeches where they said true democracy could only be established under the "banner" of religion.

The Swiss embassy represents U.S. interests in Iran, which cut off diplomatic relations in the country shortly after the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

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