Published: Tue, February 12, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Iranians mark 40th anniversary of the revolution

Iranians mark 40th anniversary of the revolution

In his address on Tehran's Azadi Square, Rohani said the "enemy will never reach its evil objectives", vowing that Iran will defeat USA sanctions.

"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.

Iranians march towards Azadi Square during Monday's rally.

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

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was quick to respond saying later on Monday it would mark Iran's last revolution anniversary if it attacked any cities in Israel.

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.

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps spokesman, Brigadier General Ramezan Sharif, said during the rally that "Islamic Iran has reached a level [that enables it] to protect its borders by effective military capabilities, and firmly punish any aggressor", according to Reuters citing IRNA.

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.

"If this regime makes the bad mistake of trying to destroy Tel Aviv and Haifa, it will not succeed", he said. 40 years of terror.

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Iranians burn flags of the United States during commemorations of the 40th anniversary of Islamic Revolution in the capital Tehran on February 11, 2019.

The Iranian people "will not stop saying "Death to America" as long as the USA acts malicious" toward Iran, Khamenei said, referring to Trump's State of the Union address in which the American president, among other things, said: "We will not avert our eyes from a regime that chants death to America".

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

In Tehran, crowds streamed in the rain from a dozen of the capital's far-flung neighbourhoods to mass in central Tehran Azadi, or Freedom Square, on Monday, waving Iranian flags and chanting "Death to America" - a chant that has been standard fare at anti-U.S. rallies across Iran.

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.

Iranian leaders say they are protecting national interests.

-Gen. Hossein Salami, deputy head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards.

He compared the US sanctions and economic hardships to "riding a bicycle when someone puts a stick in the wheels" but pointed to advances in other fields as more than making up for them.

"On the revolution's 40th anniversary we are at the top for scientific achievements like nanotechnology or accurate missiles", he said.

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