Published: Tue, February 12, 2019

Iran Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Islamic Revolution

Iran Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Islamic Revolution

One sign read, "Much to the dismay of America, the revolution has reached its 40th year".

U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out of Iran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers previous year and reimposed sanctions on Tehran, dealing a blow to the country's economy.

The march culminated at Azadi Square, where President Rouhani addressed the crowd.

The 10-day period from the return of Imam Khomeini until the revolution's victory is celebrated annually in Iran, and is known as the Ten-Day Fajr (Dawn).

The celebrations included several instance of muscle flexing, including the launch and test of new missiles, which would put Israel squarely within precise range of the Iranian armed forces.

State television offered blanket coverage of the commemorations, showing marchers in cities ranging from Abadan in south-western Iran to Mashad in the northeast, all joined in fervent denunciations of both the US and Israel.

"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.

Iranians visit a weaponry and military equipment exhibition in the capital Tehran on Febraury 2, 2019, organized on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Isranian revolution. As The Times of Israel notes, "t$3 op political and military leaders in Iran regularly call for Israel's annihilation", so Javani's paean to his regime's genocidal ambitions is not at all unprecedented.

"The presence of people today on the streets all over Islamic Iran means that the enemy will never reach its evil objectives", Rouhani himself told the crowds, vowing the "US conspiracy" against Iran will never succeed.


In January, President Hassan Rouhani said his country was experiencing its worst economic crisis since the overthrow of the Shah.

Monday's celebrations in Tehran were also a backdrop to the military's display of Iranian-made missiles, which authorities showcase every year during anniversary celebrations.

A majority of Iranians blame domestic mismanagement and corruption over foreign sanctions for the economic situation, according to an IranPoll survey published in December 2018.

The Shah was the United States' closest ally in the Middle East.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fired back on Monday night after Iran threatened "to 'raze Tel Aviv and Haifa" to the ground, saying that if Tehran attacks Israel, it will be the last anniversary of the Islamic Revolution that they celebrate. "They should take this into account", Netanyahu said in a warning to his country's archfoe.

"If this regime makes the terrible mistake of trying to destroy Tel Aviv and Haifa, it will not succeed", he said.

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.

Iran also has vast clout in Iraq, where Major-General Qassem Soleimani, head of the overseas arm of the Revolutionary Guards, was frequently photographed guiding Shi'ite militias in the war against Sunni Islamic State militants.

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