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Iran Is Burning A Lot Of American Flags In The Middle Of Its Nuclear Negotiations

It's part of Iran's annual Quds Day, expressing solidarity with Palestinians. It just happens that it mostly involves bashing enemies of Iran.

Last updated on July 10, 2015, at 5:22 p.m. ET

Posted on July 10, 2015, at 5:22 p.m. ET

This is the scene in Vienna where Iran is in the midst of serious negotiations with the United States, acting as part of a group of countries called the P5+1, over Iran's nuclear program.

Carlos Barria / AP

And this was the scene on Friday in Tehran, as part of the country's annual Quds Day demonstrations. Every year since the Iranian Revolution in 1979, Iranians have demonstrated in support of Palestinian statehood on the last Friday of Ramadan.

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Al-Quds, by the way, is the Arabic name for the city of Jerusalem, which is part of the reason why there's so much anti-Israel and anti-American imagery around the demonstrations. Like these flags being burned, for example.

Vahid Salemi / AP

Or this American flag, doing triple duty with the words "Down with America" in English, Farsi, and Arabic, on it AND the stars replaced with Stars of David.

Vahid Salemi / AP
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Or these flags of the United States, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the United Kingdom, all going up in smoke.

Atta Kenare / AFP / Getty Images
Atta Kenare / AFP / Getty Images

Flags aren't the only thing that were set on fire during the demonstrations. These dummies representing U.S. President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also proved extremely flammable.

Atta Kenare / AFP / Getty Images

The New York Times' reporter in Iran, Thomas Erdbrink, tweeted out several photos from the rallies including this guy holding a katana for some reason...

State TV is out doing interviews on the anti-Israel day. Plus: this guy in military outfit carrying a samurai sword.

And these people being cooled off in the summer heat by a fireman, also shouting "Death to America."

Fire man shouts: "Death to America!" and hoses down the crowd at Tehran's Quds day rallies.

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The nuclear negotiations also made an appearance at the rally, as this sign equating the countries negotiating with Iran — often called the P5+1 — with Israel was proudly displayed.

Ebrahim Noroozi / AP

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, whose election and support for diplomacy gave the nuclear talks a jump start, was also on-hand for the day's festivities.

Iranian Presidency Office / AP

So...here's hoping the Iranian negotiation team has fun this weekend.

Ronald Zak / AP
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