A glance again on Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution

Security forces stand guard at an annual rally commemorating the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution, which toppled the late pro-U.S. Shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, under the Azadi, 'Freedom' monument tower in Tehran, Iran, Friday, Feb. 10, 2017.
Individuals in Iran on Friday marked the 38th anniversary of the nation’s 1979 Islamic Revolution with nationwide celebrations and mass rallies that noticed folks step on giant U.S. flags laid out on the streets whereas President Rouhani referred to as the brand new American administration “an issue.”

This yr, the anniversary got here towards the backdrop of remarks by President of the US of America Donald J. Trump, who has already engaged in a confrontation with Iran’s management and put Tehran “on discover” over its current ballistic missile check.

On the Tehran rallies Friday, demonstrators chanted conventional slogans towards the US and Israel, and later, a whole lot of 1000’s marched towards town’s central Azadi Sq., the place President Hassan Rouhani addressed the crowds, telling them that Islamic Republic of Iran will strongly reply any risk from its enemies.

“All of them ought to know that they have to discuss to the Iranian nation with respect and dignity,” Rouhani declared. “Our nation will strongly reply to any risk. (Iranians) will resist earlier than enemies till the top.”

Rouhani referred to as Iran the house of “lions” however mentioned the nation doesn’t search hostility.

“We’re not after tensions within the area and the world. We’re united within the face of bullying and any risk.”

Most of the marchers carried the Iranian nationwide flag, others had banners and posters with revolutionary slogans.

Iran and the U.S. haven’t had diplomatic relations since 1979.

Friday’s rallies commemorated Feb. 11 of that yr, when followers of Ayatollah Syed Ruhollah Khomeini Al-Mousavi ousted the U.S.-backed Shah Reza Pahlavi. The USA helped orchestrate the 1953 coup that overthrew Iran’s widespread prime minister, Mohammad Mossadegh, which introduced Pahlavi to energy and set the stage for many years of distrust between the nations.

Among the posters distributed in English on Friday learn: “Because of American folks for supporting Muslims.”

One other one with an image of Trump mentioned: “Thanks Mr. Trump … for revealing the face of the U.S.” – a reference to remarks by Ayatollah Syed Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme chief, earlier this week.

Khamenei mentioned on Tuesday that the “newcomer” Trump has proven the “actual face” of the US. He spoke after Trump tweeted – following a ballistic missile check by Iran – that Iranians have been “taking part in with hearth,” saying they “do not respect how ‘variety’ President Barack Obama was to them. Not me!”

Trump has repeatedly criticized the 2015 nuclear settlement between Iran, the U.S. and 5 different world powers, wherein Tehran agreed to curb its uranium enrichment in trade for the lifting of worldwide sanctions, however he has not mentioned what he plans to do about it.

His administration mentioned Iran was “on discover” over the missile check, and imposed new sanctions on greater than two dozen Iranian corporations and people.

Many rating officers attended the ceremony in Tehran, together with Gen. Qassem Soleimani who heads the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s Quds Drive, which focuses on international operations such because the struggle in Syria and Iraq’s combat towards the Daes militant group the place the Iran helps Iraq’s authorities.

Rouhani informed reporters previous to addressing the crowds that Iranians will make the U.S. remorse utilizing threatening language, in keeping with the semi-official ISNA information company.

“Anybody who speaks the language of risk to this nation, the Iranian nation will make him remorse” it, he mentioned, with out elaborating.

“This presence (of demonstrators) is a response to incorrect feedback by new leaders within the White Home, they usually announce with their presence to the world that they (U.S. leaders) ought to discuss with respect and never use threatening language to the Iranian nation,” Rouhani added.

Iranian state tv aired footage of commemorations in Tehran and different cities and cities throughout the nation, a lot of them held in sub-zero temperatures.

Within the central metropolis of Kashan, the official IRNA information company mentioned the nation’s prosecutor normal, Mohammad Jafar Montazeri, informed reporters that members of the Deash terrorists group have been arrested close to Tehran. “They deliberate to sabotage” the anniversary rallies, he mentioned.

And Khamenei’s senior adviser, Gen. Rahim Safavi, mentioned throughout an analogous rally within the southern metropolis of Ahvaz that the “evil triangle” or America, Britain and Israel “can’t create a severe navy risk towards Iran.”

Tehran resident Mohammad Soufi, 33, a medical lab technician, mentioned Trump’s current stance inspired him and his spouse to take part within the rally this yr.

Sorraya Khalili , a 44-year-old hairstylist, mentioned she was out to assist the federal government and object to the “U.S. bullying of Iran.”

“Why folks like Trump assume they will make selections for your complete world? Iran is an unbiased nation like the US,” she added. “I want Individuals get to go to Iran to search out out we’re just like them; we warmly welcome our visitors and respect them.”

International Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif posted {a photograph} on his Twitter account displaying protesters with posters with the phrases: “American persons are welcome and invited to go to Iran.”

Zarif additionally mentioned that Iranians on their anniversary praised American folks for rejecting Trump’s government motion on the visa ban. Iran was among the many seven Muslim-majority nations affected by the ban, which stays suspended whereas U.S. courts debate its legality.

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