Iranians take to streets for Islamic Revolution's 40th anniversary

Lester Mason
February 12, 2019

Hundreds of thousands of Iranians marched and some burned USA flags to mark the revolution's 40th anniversary on Monday as Tehran showed off ballistic missiles in defiance of US efforts to curb its military power.

Iran's army declared its neutrality on February 11, 1979 which paved the way for the collapse of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi - and ousted the United States' most important ally in the Middle East.

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.

Ballistic missile capabilities were on show during the main march, including the Qadr F, a ground-to-ground missile with a range of 1,950 km., according to Tasnim news agency.

In a speech at Tehran's Azadi (Freedom) square, Rouhani said USA efforts to isolate Iran would fail.

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iranians are pouring out onto the streets of Tehran and other cities and towns across the country, marking the date 40 years ago that's considered victory day in the country's 1979 Islamic Revolution.

The large turnout in state-sponsored rallies came as Iranians face mounting economic hardships following the return of U.S. sanctions past year.

Pictures on social media showed some people also demonstrating against corruption, unemployment and high prices.

One banner read: "Much to the dismay of America, the revolution has reached its 40th year".


This year's celebrations come amid heightened tensions with the United States, which last year withdrew from the 2015 nuclear agreement between Tehran and world powers and reimposed tough sanctions on the Iranian economy.

Israel and Iran traded threats of mutual destruction on Monday as the Islamic Republic celebrated the 40th anniversary of its revolution.

Rallies were held across Iran to observe the anniversary of the fall of the Shah and the triumph of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the Shiite cleric who led the Islamic Revolution.

"The Iranian people have and will have some economic difficulties but we will overcome the problems by helping each other", he said. As The Times of Israel notes, "t$3 op political and military leaders in Iran regularly call for Israel's annihilation", so Javani's paean to his regime's genocidal ambitions is not at all unprecedented.

"If this regime makes the bad mistake of trying to destroy Tel Aviv and Haifa, it will not succeed", he said. "They should take this into account".

Khomeini returned from exile in France two weeks after the Shah and his wife fled to Aswan, Egypt.

"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.

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.

Iran and Saudi Arabia are locked in proxy wars in Iraq, Yemen and Syria.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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