Canada's embassy in Iran overwhelmed by visa applicants amid U.S. hostage crisis
In 1979 a cataclysmic revolution shook Iran, creating the world's first Islamic republic and altering the balance of power in the Middle East. With the widely despised Shah of Iran forced into exile, spiritual leader Ayatollah Khomeini returned to oversee the country's transformation. But peace was still elusive as student protesters overwhelmed the United States embassy in Tehran, taking hostages and launching a diplomatic crisis. CBC Digital Archives presents a series of clips about revolutionary Iran.
• Diplomat Bruce Laingen and two colleagues were trapped in Iran's foreign ministry for the duration of the crisis, which lasted a total of 444 days. Another 63 Americans were taken hostage at the embassy.
• Visited by the Toronto Star in December 1979, Taylor said Canadian embassy officials were mostly carrying on as usual in light of the crisis. "We're all a bit concerned and hence generally careful, but there's been no panic," he said. "There is no special problem and no one has indicated any inclination to leave Tehran. But we are prudent where we go and what we do."
Broadcast Date: Dec. 10, 1979
Program: The National
Host: Knowlton Nash
Reporter: Don McNeill
Guest: Ken Taylor
Last updated: February 26, 2013
Page consulted on March 26, 2013
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