Iran: Islamic revolution’s 40th anniversary commemorated, crowds chant ‘Death to America’

Elias Hubbard
February 11, 2019

The Islamic Republic has disproven some American officials who said that it would not last 40 years and, on this year's anniversary, Iranians are promising continued resilience against what government officials have said is the most hostile U.S. administration in decades.

Addressing crowds gathered in Tehran celebrate the 40th anniversary of the revolution that broke Iran free of United States dominance, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that Iran does not need and does not seek permission for its ballistic missile programme.

Hundreds of thousands of Iranians marched and some burned United States flags on Monday to mark the date, the Shi'ite cleric who toppled the Shah in an Islamic Revolution that rattles the West to this day. They end on February 11, the day that the outgoing government collapsed.

Prices of basic foodstuffs have soared since President Donald Trump withdrew Washington from world powers' 2015 nuclear deal with Iran past year and reimposed sanctions on Tehran.

European signatories of the 2015 deal, under which Tehran pledged to curb its nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions relief, have been trying to save the accord.

A resolution was read out, proclaiming "unquestioning obedience to the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei" and calling US President Donald Trump an idiot, reported AFP.

"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 crowding into Tehran's Azadi (Freedom) square.

"The Iranian people have and will have some economic difficulties [due to the sanctions] but we will overcome the problems by helping each other", Rouhani said in his address.

'We have not asked and will not ask for permission to develop different types of. missiles and will continue our path and our military power, ' Rouhani said.

Iran displayed its ballistic missile capabilities during a parade marking the anniversary, including the Zolfaqar, a ground-to-ground missile with a 700 km (435 miles) range and the Qiam, with a range of 800 km, according to Tasnim news agency.

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According to official figures, almost 250,000 people are incarcerated in Iran.

The regime also declared a mass amnesty, with a fifth of prisoners set to leave the country's overcrowded prison system. However, analysts say Iran's push to back militants in the wider Mideast and Saudi Arabia's efforts to mobilize the Sunni world against the Shiite power would turn many away.

Citing leaked Iranian Judiciary documents, the Paris-based media watchdog also said that the authorities had arrested, imprisoned, or executed at least 860 journalists in the three decades between the 1979 revolution and 2009.

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