Iranian people celebrated the 45th anniversary of the Islamic revolution, amidst heightened tensions throughout the region due to Israel’s ongoing conflict in Gaza.
On Sunday morning, millions of Iranian citizens paraded through the country’s main streets, which were adorned with posters, balloons, and colors with national and religious messages.
People in Tehran brandished posters bearing the classic “Death to America” and “Death to Israel” slogans, waving Iranian flag. Some set fire to Israeli and US flags, a typical occurrence at a supporter of demonstrations.
Processions began at several locations and gathered at the monumental Azadi (meaning freedom) Square. State-run television said that “millions participated in the rallies” in the whole country while showcasing crowds in several provinces and cities.
Qassem Soleimani ballistic missiles 9named after the Iranian General killed by US in Iraq), the Simorgh satellite carrier, and drones that citizens could take photos with were among the weaponry on exhibit by the armed forces.
A Palestinian flag was flown by a paratrooper who made a parachute leap during the festivities. Iranian President was among a number of prominent Iranian figures present at the festivities in Tehran.
As the masses in Azadi Square yelled “Death to Israel,” Ebrahim Raisi started his speech and urged the UN to remove “the Zionist regime” in an address televised live. “The bombardment of Gaza ought to be halted immediately ” Raisi stressed.
Iranian people toppled the former regime and its ruler, Shah, following a decade-long protests. Imam Khomeini was the founder of the new democratic system in Iran, returning from a 15-year exile on February 01, 1979. 10 days later, forces loyal to him took over the military and media sites in the capital and the revolution was actually realized.