Millions of Iranians from all walks of life are out in the streets and squares all over the country to express their support for the cause, aspirations and ideals of the Islamic Revolution.
In Tehran, hundreds of thousands converged at Azadi Square, Tehran’s main square and the site of major national rallies over the past four decades.
In addition to the annual theme of renewing support for the revolution and Islamic establishment, this year rallies are important after the propaganda launched by the western media against Iran after the recent economic unrests in the country.
Yet, what has made this year’s rallies even more important is the call by the high-ranking Iranian officials on people to give a crushing response to the recent threats of US President Donald Trump by staging massive rallies even larger than ever.
The demonstrators chanted “Death to America”, “Death to Israel”, “Death to Britain”, and a number of other slogans in support of the Supreme Leader, and the Islamic establishment. They also carried a symbolic “Coffin of the Zionist Regime” to display their belief in an assessment that was stated by the Iranian Supreme Leader last year that the Israeli regime will be wiped off the map in 25 years.
Yet, more striking than anything else were banners and posters of Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari that read “Revolutionary Avenge”, in reference to a sentence of the Iranian Supreme Leader that received much attention in the public opinion and went viral on the net.
In a meeting with thousands of people from the city of Qom a week after the January riots in Iran last month, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei addressed the US governing body, and said, “First: On recent events, you met with failure, and if you repeat this in the future, you will fail again. Second, in these few days Iran suffered damage; this will not go unavenged. And third, this individual, who according to the Americans themselves is mentally and psychologically unstable must know that these staged madness will not remain unanswered.”
The posters could be seen in large numbers across the country since last night, and some even carried the Leader’s sentence.
The rallies this year are covered by over 6,000 reporters and photojournalists, including hundreds from other countries.
Led by the Founder of the Revolution, Imam Khomeini, Iranians confronted the forces of US-proxy Mohammad-Reza Pahlavi in late 1977 to end his oppressive, cruel and autocratic rule over the country.
By December 1978, millions of Iranians would take to the streets in protest against the policies of the Shah on a regular basis.
Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returned from exile to Iran to be received by millions of cheering crowds after the departure of the Shah in mid-January 1979. Two weeks later, the country saw the victory of the Islamic Revolution.
The final collapse of the Shah’s regime came on February 10 when the military renounced its loyalty to the Shah and joined the revolutionary forces.
On this day 39 years ago, people took to the streets to celebrate the collapse of the Pahlavi Dynasty and the emergence of the new era.