Iran Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Islamic Revolution

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Iranians mark anniversary of victory day in 1979 revolution

In capital Tehran, demonstrators marched across different routes to reach the Azadi (Liberty) Square, where President Hassan Rouhani gave an address.

President Hassan Rohani blasted a US "conspiracy" against Iran as the country marked the 40th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution that ended the monarchy and heralded the start of four decades of clerical rule.

Rouhani was referring to the Kingdom of Bahrain, which Iranian officials in the past have referred to as the "14th province".

Later that year, Iranian militants took dozens of people hostage at the US Embassy in Tehran, sparking the first round of sanctions from Washington and causing a lasting rupture in countries' relations.

"Today the whole world should know that the Islamic Republic of Iran is considerably more powerful than the days of the war", Rouhani said. During the speech, Rouhani also laid claims to several areas including parts of land that are now in Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Georgia. One had the face of Trump and the other the face of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. 40 Years of Failure to adjust United States policy to reality.

"If this regime makes the bad mistake and tries to destroy Tel Aviv or Haifa, it won't be successful and it will be the last anniversary of their revolution they will ever celebrate".

Iranians burn Israeli flags during commemorations in the capital Tehran of the 40th anniversary of the Islamic on February 11, 2019.

Journalist Mikey Kay recalled in this vein that Bolton has spoken at least eight times at rallies organised by MEK (Mojahedin-e Khalq), an Iranian dissident group which calls for regime change in Iran and is known to pay up to $50,000 per speech.

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Traffic was diverted from roads leading up to Azadi (freedom) square ahead of a march to remember the day in 1979 when Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini ousted the shah's last government.

'The long-suffering Iranian people deserve a much brighter future, ' he added.

The state has played up this year's anniversary as 40 is symbolic of maturity in the Islamic tradition and the age at which Prophet Mohammed received revelations from God.

But despite the official festivities today's Islamic republic faces acute economic challenges as it struggles with a mix of domestic hardships and United States sanctions. Trump also reestablished USA economic sanctions against Iran.

Stalls set up by state institutions handed out tea and cakes and choirs sang revolutionary songs, as crowds massed despite driving rain. "And that's why, before 2019, we here will celebrate in Tehran!" he claimed.

In a speech at Tehran's Azadi square, President Hassan Rouhani dismissed US efforts to isolate Iran, saying USA sanctions could not break the Islamic Republic.

He compared the U.S. sanctions and economic hardships to "riding a bicycle when someone puts a stick in the wheels" but pointed to advances in other fields as more than making up for them. -Gen. Hossein Salami, deputy head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards.

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