Iranians Celebrates Revolution Anniversary

Iranians Celebrates Revolution Anniversary
Iranians Celebrates Revolution Anniversary

Iranians took to the streets on Friday to mark the 43rd anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
The rallies on the national holiday began at 9:30 a.m. local time across the country on Friday and were attended by people from all walks of life.
People in around 1,500 cities, over 3,000 villages, 60,000 mosques and 40,000 Basij bases took part in the celebrations.
This year’s demonstrations in the cities categorized as the Covid red zones were held symbolically with motorists attending parades, in view of restrictions to curb the spread of coronavirus.
In the cities categorized as yellow and blue zones, the rallies were held in full compliance with the coronavirus health protocols and the observance of social distancing.
People of different strata attended the demonstrations on foot or with motorcycles and automobiles, waving flags of Iran and banners in support of the Islamic Republic to mark the revolution’s anniversary.
In capital Tehran, motorists took different routes to reach the Azadi Square.
President Ebrahim Raisi delivered a speech at the Grand Mosalla of Tehran before the beginning of the Friday prayers.
More than 6,500 reporters and cameramen, including 200 foreign journalists, covered the news of the nationwide demonstrations, according to Tasnim News Agency.
Each year, the occasion is commemorated by nationwide rallies. However, this was the second year that health protocols changed the format of the rallies.
On the eve of the event, fireworks displays were performed in Tehran and other cities at 9:00 p.m., as people chanted Allahu Akbar (God is the Greatest) in an expression of support for the Islamic Revolution.  
The Iranian nation overthrew the despotic regime of Pahlavi, which was supported by the United States, in the winter of 1979. The struggle against the shah regime reached full fruition on February 11, 1979. 
By December 1978, millions of Iranians had taken to the streets in protest against the policies of the shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi on a regular basis.
Imam Khomeini returned home from exile on February 1, 1979. He was received by millions of people weeks after the departure of the shah in mid-January 1979. 

The collapse of the Pahlavi regime became certain on February 11 when the military renounced its loyalty to the shah and joined the revolution.
Revolutionary songs were playing as marchers waved their national flags in Friday parades.
Professional parachutists put on a live performance over the Azadi Square, depicting the Iranian flag in the capital’s sky.
People waved photos of Imam Khomeini, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, and Martyr General Qasem Soleimani, who was assassinated in a US terrorist attack in Baghdad two years ago, as well as the martyrs of the revolution.

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