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October 25, 2013 Off

Iran To Hold “The Great Conference Of Death To America” In Tehran

As Iran­ian offi­cials renew talks with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the U.S., Britain, Ger­many, France, Rus­sia and China, sev­eral groups inside Iran who oppose the government’s recent diplo­matic over­tures are orga­niz­ing a con­fer­ence ded­i­cated to attack­ing America.death-to-america-conference-iran

The Novem­ber 2 event, whose Farsi title lit­er­ally trans­lates to “The Great Con­fer­ence of Death to Amer­ica,” will be part of the 11th annual Hezbol­lah Cyber con­fer­ence, a gath­er­ing of Iran­ian cyber activists who focus on “fight­ing with the Arro­gance.” Iran­ian offi­cials fre­quently refer to the U.S. as “the Arrogance.”

The con­fer­ence will be held in the com­plex that pre­vi­ously served as the U.S. embassy in Tehran. The con­fer­ence will fea­ture top­ics and dis­cus­sions that have been sta­ples of pre­vi­ous Iran­ian anti-American con­fer­ences, such as “US & Oppres­sion,” “US & Global Zion­ism” and “US & Dictatorship.”

The con­fer­ence will also award its “First Major Inter­na­tional Award of ‘Down with Amer­ica,’” which gives the first prize win­ner 100,000,000 rials ($4,000 USD). Par­tic­i­pants are encour­aged to sub­mit pho­tographs, posters and car­i­ca­tures that embody the conference’s theme through the event web­site. The sub­mis­sions will be part of a con­test and com­piled into a book that will appar­ently be shown in exhi­bi­tions at the conference.

Iran­ian state-run media has also been quick to denounce any mod­er­ate voices urg­ing the regime to drop its long-running anti-U.S. “Death to Amer­ica,” claim­ing instead that the chant is an essen­tial part of the Iran’s resis­tance toward the U.S.

The fresh winds of change brought in by the elec­tion of Pres­i­dent Rouhani may not yet be strong enough to push the cross-currents of anti-American sen­ti­ment out of Iran­ian soci­ety.

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