Friday, 22 February, 2019

Iranians mark anniversary of victory day in 1979 revolution

Iran's Islamic Revolution Meant Israel warns Iran this could be last anniversary
Leonard Rios | 13 February, 2019, 04:37

A senior commander in Iran's Revolutionary Guards said Tehran would not withdraw its forces from the region, dismissing US calls that Iranian regional influence should be curbed.

The 6-mile-long downtown Enghelab, or Revolution Street, in Tehran was decorated with huge balloons as loudspeakers blared out revolutionary and nationalist songs to encourage people to join the rallies.

State television offered blanket coverage of the commemorations, showing marchers in cities ranging from Abadan in south-western Iran to Mashad in the northeast, all joined in fervent denunciations of both the USA and Israel.

In the capital's Azadi Square, President Hassan Rouhani dismissed USA efforts to isolate Tehran while touting his country's military might.

Prices of basic foodstuffs have soared since President Donald Trump withdrew Washington from world powers' 2015 nuclear deal with Iran a year ago and reimposed sanctions on Tehran.

Hundreds of thousands of Iranians marched and some burned United States flags to mark the revolution as Tehran showed off ballistic missiles in defiance of U.S. efforts to curb its military power.

An Iranian girl poses with a potrait of the country's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei with signs reading "Down with USA" and "Down with Israel" during a ceremony celebrating the 40th anniversary of Islamic Revolution by the capital Tehran's Azadi (Freedom) tower in the square of the same name on February 11, 2019.

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Ballistic missile capabilities were on display during the main march, including the Qadr F, a ground-to-ground missile with a 1,950-km (1,220-mile) range, Tasnim news agency said. "Iran continues to seek nuclear weapons to intimidate people all around the globe and ballistic missiles to use as delivery systems".

"The Iranian people have and will have some economic difficulties (due to the sanctions) but we will overcome the problems by helping each other", Rouhani said.

State television offered blanket coverage of the commemorations, showing marches in cities ranging from Abadan in southwestern Iran to Mashhad in the northeast. "My mother, despite her illness, asked me to bring her out", he said.

Imam Khomeini had lived many years in exile, in Iraq and France, before returning home and leading a historical revolution that overthrew Pahlavi regime.

Last week, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei claimed that Iran's infamous "Death to America" chanting is intended not at the United States as a whole, but merely at President Trump.

In January, Rouhani said Iran was dealing with its worst economic crisis since the Shah was toppled.

In a tweet written on the anniversary that he also sent out in Farsi, Trump said the revolution had been a complete failure.

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