Iranians mark anniversary of victory day in 1979 revolution

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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Tons of of hundreds of Iranians poured out onto the streets of Tehran and different cities and cities throughout the nation, marking the date 40 years in the past that’s thought of victory day within the nation’s 1979 Islamic Revolution.

On Feb. 11 that yr, Iran’s army stood down after days of road battles, permitting the revolutionaries to brush throughout the nation whereas the federal government of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi resigned. It was additionally the day that Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini declared Iran an Islamic Republic.

On Monday, crowds streamed from a dozen of the capital’s far-flung neighborhoods to mass in central Tehran and Tehran Azadi, or Freedom Sq., waving Iranian flags and chanting “Dying to America” — a chant that has been commonplace fare at anti-U.S. rallies throughout Iran.

Downtown Enghelab, or Revolution Road, was embellished with big balloons and loudspeakers blared out revolutionary and nationalist songs to encourage folks to affix the rallies.

This yr’s anniversary comes as tensions are rising with the USA and Iran is grappling with the aftermath of President Donald Trump’s pullout final Could from the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers and difficult U.S. financial sanctions re-imposed in November on Tehran.

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One of many folks within the crowd, 27-year-old medical scholar Hossein Hosseinpour, walked together with his spouse and their 18-month son Amir Ali. He stated he wished to show his son to help the revolution.

“I see a vibrant future for him and our nation,” Hosseinpour stated.

Mahmoud Hemmat, 35, was pushing his 68-year-old mom, Parivash Fakheri, in a wheelchair, to the rally. “My mom, regardless of her sickness, requested me to convey her out,” he stated.

Fakheri, who was one of many revolutionaries on the streets of Tehran 40 years in the past, stated she would defend the revolt once more.

“I’m a retired and I do know there are various financial issues right now, however that’s one thing completely different from our revolution,” she stated. “It has been transferring ahead over the previous 40 years and making Iran stronger.”

Together with the chants “Dying to America,” Monday’s marches had been additionally a backdrop to the army’s show of Iranian-made missiles, which authorities showcase yearly through the anniversary celebrations.

Final week, Supreme Chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei defended the “Dying to America” chants however stated they’re geared toward America’s leaders and never its folks.

The Iranian folks “won’t cease saying ‘Dying to America’ so long as the U.S. acts malicious” towards Iran, Khamenei stated, referring to Trump’s State of the Union deal with through which the American president, amongst different issues, stated: “We won’t avert our eyes from a regime that chants dying to America.”

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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