Crowds mass in Tehran to mark 40 years since Iran revolution

REUTERS  Raheb Homavandi  File

Earlier at the anniversary celebrations, Iran's president Hassan Rouhani told crowds on Monday that Iran was committed to a path that will see the country expand its "military power".

"We have not, and will not, request permission from anyone for increasing our defensive power and for building all kinds of. missiles", he told the crowd.

The rallies on the national holiday of "Bahman 22nd" began at 9 am local time in more than 1,000 cities and towns as well as 10,000 villages across Iran.

Imam Khomeini had lived many years in exile, in Iraq and France, before returning home and leading a historical revolution that overthrew Pahlavi regime.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during an event in Tel Aviv, Israel, August 9, 2017.

Iranians celebrated the 1979 overthrow of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, who was supported by the US, "waving Iranian flags, chanting "Death to America" and burning USA and Israeli flags", reported The Associated Press.

Soldiers, students, clerics and black-clad women holding small children thronged streets across Iran, many with portraits of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the Shi'ite cleric who toppled the Shah in an Islamic uprising that still haunts the West.

"After 40 years, the Islamic Republic of Iran has failed to fulfill its promises to uphold and safeguard the rights of its citizens", Bolton tweeted Monday morning.

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. 40 years of terror.

"I don't ignore the threats from the Iranian regime, but I'm also not intimidated by them", Netanyahu said in a Hebrew-language video uploaded to social media.

"The long-suffering Iranian people deserve a much brighter future", the American president added.

"Were this regime to make the bad mistake of trying to destroy Tel Aviv and Haifa, it would not succeed, but it would mean that they had celebrated their last Revolution Day".

The state has played up this year's anniversary as 40 is symbolic of maturity in the Islamic tradition and the age at which Prophet Mohammed received revelations from God.

But despite the official festivities today's Islamic republic faces acute economic challenges as it struggles with a mix of domestic hardships and United States sanctions.

State television showed crowds defying cold rainy weather and carrying Iranian flags while shouting "Death to Israel, Death to America" - trademark chants of the revolution.

Despite Iran's efforts to hide the facility, Israel has nevertheless discovered, tracked and uncovered it, the network said, as part of its effort to thwart Iran's military entrenchment in Syria.

Washington and its Arab allies have viewed Iran with great suspicion since the Islamic Revolution, fearing Khomeini's radical ideology would inspire militants across the Middle East.

"At the revolution's 40 anniversary we are on top of scientific achievements like nanotechnology or accurate missiles", he said.

Trump also shared another tweet with the same message in Farsi, which is widely spoken in Iran.

Related News:



Most liked

Amazon to acquire eero, home mesh router maker
Not only does it make Echo products and Alexa, but now it also owns WiFi systems that are the backbone of smart homes. Amazon has agreed Monday to buy home Eero , a San Francisco-based Wi-Fi hardware maker.

Kawhi Leonard Banked In A Winner Against The Nets In Toronto
Ed Davis tied the game again on a layup with 3:10 left in the third, taking advantage of Toronto's shot-clock violation. Marc Gasol added 16 points - 11 in the fourth quarter - for the Raptors , who have won five in a row.

Scores dead in Delhi hotel fire
All the 13 taken to RLM hospital have died, of the 5 admitted to Lady Hardinge Hospital, 2 have succumbed to their injuries. A large wedding party had booked out most of the hotel , and most of the victims were sleeping when the fire began.

BC Ferries cancels evening sailings due to snow
Winter storm warnings have caused the cancellation of several BC Ferries sailings between the mainland and Vancouver Island. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become hard to navigate due to accumulating snow.

Knicks Remove Controversial Season Ticket Photo With Kevin Durant and Release Statement
They now have the worst record in the National Basketball Association having won only 10 games all season. It's no secret that the New York Knicks want to sign multiple stars this summer .

Morocco recalls ambassador from Saudi Arabia
Weddings, funerals, schools and hospitals, as well as water and electricity plants, have been targeted, killing and wounding thousands.

Katy Perry’s Controversial Blackface Shoes To Be Pulled From Retailers
The scandal comes shortly after Gucci was slammed over its "blackface" wool jumper that was being sold online and in stores. Katy Perry may be in the midst of doing some major damage control.

Denver Teachers Strike Begins
But it can try to help the union and school district reach a deal and can require them participate in a fact-finding process. About 300 substitutes have been hired, and about 1,400 central office staffers have been re-assigned to schools, Alejo said.

Gov. Newsom to Draw Down Guard Troops at Border
Every president since Ronald Reagan has called on the National Guard for limited, temporary missions along the frontier.

Fellaini confirms PSG interest and reveals reasons for Man Utd exit
After qualifying top of a group that also included Liverpool and Napoli, the Ligue 1 champions were dealt a tough hand in the first knockout stage when drawn against United, albeit much has changed since the teams were paired together at the end of a year ago .

Warren Gatland focusing on Wales' bigger picture
In the day's other match, in Edinburgh, Ireland got its campaign back on track with a pulsating 22-13 victory over Scotland . We're two from two and we have a couple of weeks of training before England and this sets us up nicely for that match.

China strongly dissatisfied by USA warships entering South China Sea
The US is "determined to stir up trouble in the South China Sea, create tension and undermine peace", Hua said. China firmly opposed the relevant action and urged the U.S.to immediately stop its provocations, Hua stressed.

NASA announcement: Space agency to establish moon base ‘within a DECADE’
As per Bridenstine, NASA has already invited private partners to the space agency's headquarters to discuss lunar landers. The agency is also working on technologies to make rocket propellants using water ice and regolith from the Moon.

Casey leads Mickelson by three
Former US Open victor Lucas Glover (70) and fellow American Scott Piercy (69) share third at 11 under. A late bogey at Monterey Peninsula saw Glover drop from 12-under to 11-under 204 after a 70.

Alliance of American Football Debuts with Strong Ratings
Despite a close game at halftime, the Hotshots beat the Salt Lake Stallions, 38-22. The league's action continues Sunday and lasts 10 weeks.