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WorldIran slams US as huge crowds mark 40 years since revolution

12:20  11 february  2019
12:20  11 february  2019 Source:   msn.com

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TEHRAN, Iran — Iran on Friday started celebrating the 40 th anniversary of the country’s 1979 Islamic Revolution that toppled the US -backed shah As an army band played revolutionary anthems, the huge hall of the mausoleum was filled with people from all walks of life, amid schoolchildren dressed

The Times of Israel reports: “ Iran on Friday started celebrating the 40 th anniversary of the country’s 1979 Islamic Revolution that toppled the US -backed shah, overturned 2,500 years of monarchical rule and brought hardline Shiite clerics to power. The climactic events that year in Iran — where footage

Iran slams US as huge crowds mark 40 years since revolution© Provided by AFP Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on February 11, 2018 delivers a speech at Azadi Square in the capital Tehran during a ceremony to mark the 39th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution

Iran's president on Monday blasted a US "conspiracy" against the country as vast crowds marked 40 years since the Islamic revolution at a time of heightened tensions with Washington.

"The presence of people today on the streets all over Islamic Iran... means that the enemy will never reach its evil objectives," President Hassan Rouhani told those thronging Tehran's Azadi (Freedom) square.

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The Iranian Revolution (Persian: انقلاب ایران‎, translit. Enqelābe Irān ; also known as the Islamic Revolution or the 1979 Revolution )

Chador-clad women, militia members in camouflage fatigues and ordinary citizens marched through the capital in freezing rain to mark the day in February 1979 that Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini ended millenia of royal rule.

Life-size replicas of Iranian-made cruise and ballistic missiles lined the route in a statement of defiance after Washington last year reimposed sanctions after pulling out of a deal on Tehran's nuclear programme.

A pre-prepared resolution was read out that proclaimed "unquestioning obedience to the supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei" and called US President Donald Trump an "idiot".

The event Monday was the culmination of official celebrations called the "10 Day Dawn" that mark the period between February 1, 1979 and February 11 when Shiite cleric Khomeini retuned from exile and ousted the shah's last government.

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State TV showed large crowds carrying Iranian flags and chanting "Death to Israel, Death to America," trademark chants of the revolution . One banner read: "Much to the dismay of America, the revolution has reached its 40 th year ." President Hassan Rouhani said Iran was determined to expand its military

The state has played up this year's anniversary as 40 is symbolic of maturity in the Islamic tradition and the age at which Prophet Mohammed received revelations from God.

But despite the official festivities today's Islamic republic faces acute economic challenges as it struggles with a mix of domestic hardships and US sanctions.

- 'Support the revolution' -

State television offered blanket coverage of the commemorations, showing marchers in cities ranging from Abadan in southwestern Iran to Mashad in the northeast.

Banners held by marchers or hung along the streets bore slogans including "Death to America", "Death to Israel", "we will trample on America", "forty yeas of challenge, forty years of US defeats".

An anchor on state television warned of hostile foreign media trying to downplay the participation of Iranians in the march but expressed confidence that "they would be confounded by the unprecedented level of attendance".

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Iran and the United States have had no formal diplomatic relations since 1980. As a result, many Iranians sympathetic to the Persian Constitutional Revolution came to view the US as a "third The US Consulate at Arg e Tabriz sits in the line of fire during the Iranian Constitutional Revolution .

Forty years after its revolution , Iran has no fear of a "declining" America, a senior cleric said on Friday at the start of official commemorations of the uprising Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, a famously hardline cleric who is the secretary of the Guardian Council, a body with huge influence over the way Iran is

Those who took to the streets were bullish despite the economic problems in the country, made worse by Washington's punitive measures.

Former public servant Saaghi insisted that it remained paramount for Iranians to stick by the revolution.

"We are here to support the revolution," the 57-year-old pensioner, who refused to give his first name, told AFP at the event in Tehran.

He compared the US sanctions and economic hardships to "riding a bicycle when someone puts a stick in the wheels" but pointed to advances in other fields as more than making up for them.

"At the revolution's 40 anniversary we are on top of scientific achievements like nanotechnology or accurate missiles," he said.

Extensive fireworks displays were held across Tehran on Sunday night.

Before the fireworks, supporters of the revolution shouted chants of "Allahu Akbar" (God is greatest) from rooftops, recalling the protests that swept Khomeini to power four decades earlier.

Current supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is set to publish "a detailed statement explaining the 'second step' of the progress of the Islamic revolution", his official website said.

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