In their millions, Iranians have filled the streets countrywide to relive the day 38 years ago when the nation’s hard-fought Islamic Revolution against the former US-backed regime became victorious.
Millions of Iranians are taking to the streets nationwide today to mark the 39th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in 1979.
People from all walks of life rally in different cities and towns across Iran each year to celebrate the nation’s victory that put an end to the monarchical rule of the US-backed Pahlavi regime.
Each year on the 22nd of the month of Bahman on the Persian calendar (11th of February), Iranians turn out to renew their allegiance to the Islamic establishment and Imam Khomeini, the late founder of the Islamic Republic.
On, February 11, 1979, the Iranian nation’s struggles and protests against the tyrannous monarchical Pahlavi regime came to fruition under the leadership of Imam Khomeini, the religious and spiritual leader who is known as the “great architect of the Islamic Republic.”
The demonstrators, in a communiqué issued at the end of the Friday rallies, stressed that the US remained Iran’s “enemy number one” and that the Islamic Republic’s security was “non-negotiable.”
The statement said the Iranian nation regarded its “missile power” the symbol of its “deterrence power,” a guarantee for its national security, and its “defensive red line.”
It also stressed continued work to strengthen Iran’s defensive and missile power as a right of the Iranian nation under international law and the United Nations Charter and the rejection of any interference in that regard.
The statement also urged vigilance against enemy plots and called on the administration to take action to foil such schemes.
This year’s rallies are of higher significance and look set to be one of Iran’s biggest as they coincide with a political maelstrom in Washington kicked up by US President Donald Trump and his political point men against Tehran.
Both on the election trail and soon after taking office in January, Trump leveled serious threats against the Islamic Republic, including a pledge to “tear up” the nuclear accord between Tehran and P5+1 states, including Washington itself.
The president also branded the country as the “terrorist state number one.” He has also imposed fresh sanctions and issued an executive order blocking Iranians, among nationals from six other Muslim-majority states, from travelling to America.