Crowds shouting "Death to America!" demonstrated in cities throughout Iran to mark the eighth anniversary of the storming of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and the seizure of American hostages, 52 of whom spent 444 days in captivity. Soldiers dragged American flags through the streets and set them ablaze while bystanders chanted and jabbed their fists into the air. Hashemi Rafsanjani, Speaker of Iran's Parliament, declared a week of mobilization to "confront American aggression." Tehran radio reported that a bomb killed two people and wounded 26 during a rally in Mahabad and said "American mercenary agents" were responsible.