Sunday, February 06, 2005

lgf: "Death to America" Event Canceled in Maryland

" A celebration scheduled for this weekend at Montgomery County�s new hotel and conference center, marking the 26th anniversary of the Islamic revolution in Iran, was canceled after the hotel�s operator learned that it would violate federal law.

The Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, which opened in December, was to play host to 1,000 guests at a reception thrown by Ali Jazini, director of the Interests Section of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

John Wolf, a Marriott spokesman, said yesterday that the hotel canceled the event after realizing it is illegal to do business with Iran. He said Marriott officials will �be taking steps� to prevent similar bookings in the future."

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