Press TV –Â Millions of Iranians from all backgrounds have taken to the streets around the country to celebrate the 40thÂ anniversary of the Islamic Revolution at a time of intensified US-led pressure.Â
Today marks the climax of the Ten-Day Dawn commemoratingÂ the period between February 1, 1979 when Imam Khomeini returned from exile and the anniversary of the Revolution that ended 2,500 years of monarchical rule in Iran.
Every year on this day, the nation turns out in droves toÂ highlight support for the RevolutionÂ which replaced the US-backed regime with an Islamic Republic.
Demonstrators in many cities have braved the cold weatherÂ as they descended on main crossroadsÂ toÂ renewÂ their allegiance to the country’s Islamic principles at a time of rising economic and political pressure.
Last year,Â the United States unilaterally abandoned an international nuclear pact with Iran andÂ reimposed its toughestÂ sanctions ever, in a move which is viewed as a regime change attempt against the Islamic Republic.
US National Security AdviserÂ John Bolton had said the outcome of the country’s policy review should be to determine that Iran’s Revolution wouldÂ not last until its 40th birthday.Â “And thatâ€™s why, before 2019, we here will celebrate in Tehran!â€? he had told a convention of the terrorist MKO group in Paris in 2017.
Hundreds of thousands of people have headed to the iconic Azadi (Freedom) Square in Tehran amid chants of “Death to America,” where President Hassan Rouhani is due to deliver a speech to the nation.
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei is expected to make an “important” address in the coming days, media reports said on Sunday.
He is set to publish “a detailed statement explaining the ‘second step’ of the progress of the Islamic Revolution,”Â theÂ website of the Leader said.
Ayatollah KhameneiÂ said on Friday the Iranian nation will keep chanting “Death toÂ America”Â as long as the United States remains evil.
â€œThe US is theÂ embodiment of evil, but still complains why you chant â€˜Death to Americaâ€™,â€? the Leader said, referring to President Donald Trump’s remarks last week.
Trump saidÂ Iran “chants death to America and threatens genocide against the Jewish people,” adding “We will not avert our eyes from” the Islamic Republic.
â€œDeath to America means â€˜deathâ€™ to you, the few people ruling the country; we donâ€™t mean the American nation,â€? Ayatollah Khamenei said.
Source: The Iran Project