Published: Wed, February 13, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Iran marks 40 years since 1979 revolution

Iran marks 40 years since 1979 revolution

Hundreds of thousands of Iranians marched and some burned US flags on Monday to mark the 40th anniversary of the triumph of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the Shi'ite cleric who toppled the Shah in an Islamic Revolution that rattles the West to this day.

The problem, for Khamenei, is that there is a public record of such virulent, hateful chanting going as far back as the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

An Iranian woman holds an effigy of United States president Donald Trump, during a rally marking the 40th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, in Tehran, Iran, Monday, Feb. 11, 2019.

Iran displayed its ballistic missile capabilities during Tehran rally, parading two missiles capable of reaching up to 800 kilometres.

Iranians thronged streets across the country, many with portraits of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the Shiite cleric who toppled the Shah in the historic Islamic uprising. 40 years of terror.

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

The large turnout in state-sponsored rallies, in which US and Israeli flags were burned, came as Iranians face mounting economic hardships many blame on the country's clerical leaders. They saw the revolution as the starting gun in a competition to push out the strongman Arab nationalism that had taken hold across the Middle East.

Life-size replicas of Iranian-made cruise and ballistic missiles stood in a statement of defiance after the US past year reimposed sanctions following its withdrawal from a deal on Tehran's nuclear programme.

Iranian state TV anchor Mehdi Khosravi chirped how he expects John Bolton, U.S. national security adviser, to be very angry on Monday since he had once predicted that Iranians will not see the 40th anniversary of their revolution.

Rouhani also promised that Iran would overcome its economic hardships, worsened by the restored US sanctions.

One had the face of Trump and the other the face of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

"If this regime makes the bad mistake and tries to destroy Tel Aviv or Haifa, it won't be successful and it will be the last anniversary of their revolution they will ever celebrate". The entire IRGC has been labeled a terrorist organization by Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, and some of the IRGC's sub-components - including its elite Quds Force, which has been labeled a terrorist organization by the United States - engage in even more direct sponsoring and exporting of sharia supremacist Islamism.

Yadollah Javani is the Revolutionary Guards' assistant head for political affairs.

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