via Daily Mail: Iran has mocked the American sailors they captured by getting students to mimic the moment they surrendered during a parade.
It comes 24 hours after state television for the Islamic republic released footage of a U.S. Navy seaman in floods of tears after his unit was captured in the Persian Gulf last month.
The youngsters re-enacted a scene from their arrest by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard on January 10 as they celebrated the 37th anniversary of the revolution.
Playing to the crowd, teenagers were seen on their knees with guns being pointed to their heads.
In the audience, people carried placards reading ‘Death to America’.
Earlier in the procession, the group of ‘captives’ wearing the U.S. Presidential Seal on camo suits, were dragged in front of the crowds with sacks over their heads.
Members of Iranian Basij paramilitary force also poked fun of the Navy personnel during a parade in Tehran.
The U.S. State Department reiterated their ‘disgust’ at Iran’s actions and release of videos depicting the sailors’ ordeal, insisting the images are being used for ‘propaganda purposes’.
Many demonstrators carried anti-American placards, signs saying ‘Death to Israel’ while others carried the Iranian flag.
Iran holds annual celebrations commemorating its 1979 revolution, but Thursday was the first since a landmark deal with world powers – including the United States – was finalized, paving the way for punishing economic sanctions on Tehran to be lifted.
The deal with the US was put into place just two days after the hostage situation.
State television has repeatedly broadcast pictures of the 10 sailors with their hands on their heads. On Wednesday night, a brief video also showed one soldier in tears.
For 16 hours, a group of 10 Americans were kept in custody after their vessel drifted into Iranian waters on January 10.
The group were taken onto the highly secretive, government-owned Farsi Island – prompting a diplomatic stand-off between the two nations.
Swathes of videos and pictures were released around the world showing the Americans, nine men and a woman, being taken into custody.
But on Wednesday a clip was unveiled, showing one of the sailors shedding a tear. It is not known why these images were not released earlier.
Following the release of the latest footage, a State Department official told Daily Mail Online: ‘We’ve been clear, and the Secretary was clear, about our disgust at seeing the pictures and video of our sailors being used clearly for propaganda purposes.
‘That remains the case with the newly released pictures and videos. Beyond that, I know our DOD colleagues are still looking into the incident so I don’t have anything further to add.’
The sailors were stationed in a room with Iranian interpreters, and were given food, as they were being filmed.