Iran celebrates anniversary of Islamic Revolution

Tens of thousands of government supporters in Iran celebrated the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Images on state television showed crowds of people on the streets of the capital Tehran on Sunday. Security forces and clergy also participated in the marches held across the country. Ballistic missiles were also introduced in Tehran. While the streets were full of flags in the celebrations organized by the state, balloons rose in Freedom Square.

President Ibrahim Raisi called on regional countries to cut economic ties with Iran’s arch-enemy Israel. “The end of the Zionist regime has come,” Raisi told thousands of his supporters. Slogans of “Death to America” ​​and “Death to Israel” were shouted at the crowd, as usual at government-organized meetings. Raisi said that the aim of the enemies of the Islamic Republic is to spread despair among the population; This likely refers to the harsh sanctions against Iran and the numerous economic problems in the country.

In February 1979, an uprising by then revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini led to the collapse of the monarchy. In recent years, the Iranian government’s relations with the West have deteriorated dramatically. Reasons for this include Tehran’s controversial nuclear program, human rights violations and Iran’s support for militant groups in the Middle East. The majority of Iranians are indifferent to Sunday’s celebrations.

(APA/dpa)

Source: Vienna

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