Scores of Iranians thronged the streets of Tehran and other parts of the country marking the 40th anniversary of the triumph of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the Shi’ite cleric who toppled the Shah in an Islamic Revolution.
Reports say Iranian nationals were seen carrying their country’s flag while chanting “Death to Israel, Death to America,” trademark chants of the revolution which ousted the United States’ most important ally in the Middle East.
Others were busy burning U.S. flags while a protester was seen carrying a banner with the inscription which reads thus; “Much to the dismay of America, the revolution has reached its 40th year.”
In a speech marking the 40th anniversary at Tehran’s Azadi (Freedom) square, President Hassan Rouhani dismissed U.S. efforts to isolate Iran, saying U.S. sanctions could not break the Islamic Republic.
“We will not let America become victorious… Iranian people have and will have some economic difficulties but we will overcome the problems by helping each other,” he said in a speech.
Recall that U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out of Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers last year and re-imposed sanctions on Tehran, dealing a blow to the country’s economy in a move Iranian officials said amounted to “economic warfare”.