Hundreds of thousands in Iran mark 40th anniversary of Islamic Revolution

Hundreds of thousands in Iran mark 40th anniversary of Islamic Revolution

Hundreds of thousands in Iran mark 40th anniversary of Islamic Revolution

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani delivered a fiery speech in Azadi Square in Tehran on Monday.

Chants of "Death to Israel" and "Death to Britain" followed, and demonstrators burned US and Israeli flags.

In a speech at Tehran's Azadi (Freedom) square, Rouhani said USA efforts to separate Iran from other countries would fail.

Washington alleges Iran's launches defy a U.N. Security Council resolution calling on Iran to undertake no activity related to ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons.

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 United States and its Arab allies have viewed Iran with great suspicion since the Islamic Revolution swept the Shah from power in 1979, fearing Khomeini's radical ideology would inspire Islamic militants across the Middle East.

Hundreds of thousands of soldiers, militia members in camouflage fatigues, clerics, and ordinary citizens flocked to the streets of other Iranian cities and towns to commemorate February 11, 1979, when followers of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini ousted a US -backed monarch, Shah Reza Pahlavi. It later broadcast footage showing crowds across this country of 80 million.

Prices of bread, cooking oil and other staples have soared since President Donald Trump withdrew Washington from the 2015 nuclear deal past year and reimposed sanctions.

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The rallies on the national holiday of "Bahman 22nd" began at 9 am local time in more than 1,000 cities and towns as well as 10,000 villages across Iran.

In Tehran, 27-year-old medical student Hossein Hosseinpour, walked with his wife and their 18-month son Amir Ali. "My mother, despite her illness, asked me to bring her out", he said.

"What a 40 years it's been".

"I know there are many economic problems today, but that is something different from our revolution", she said.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is set to publish "a detailed statement explaining the "second step" of the progress of the Islamic revolution", his official website said.

Ayatollah Khamenei recently said when they chant "death to America" they really just mean death to President Donald Trump and his Cabinet. "Now it's up to the Iranian regime to change its behavior, & ultimately up to the Iranian people to determine the direction of their country".

Iran even holds an annual "Death to America" rally every November to commemorate the seizure of the U.S. Embassy in 1979, leading to a 444-day hostage crisis in which the Iranian regime held 52 Americans prisoner.

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