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Iran's revolution Political quake still shaking Middle East Iranians mark anniversary of victory day in 1979 revolution
Jeannette Daniel | 12 February, 2019, 00:08

The scathing slogans appeared just days after Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said such insults should not be taken personally by US or Israeli citizens.

Hundreds of thousands of soldiers, militia members in camouflage fatigues, clerics, and ordinary citizens flocked to the streets of other Iranian cities and towns to commemorate February 11, 1979, when followers of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini ousted a US -backed monarch, Shah Reza Pahlavi.

Earlier this month the United States vowed to pressure Iran to curtail its missile program after the Islamic Republic unveiled a new ballistic missile with a range of 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) and tested a new cruise missile, both capable of reaching targets in Israel.

Hundreds of thousands of Iranians celebrated the anniversary all over the country.

"We have not asked, and will never ask for permission in developing our missile arsenal as we continue to pursue our path to military might", he added.

Stalls set up by state institutions handed out tea and cakes and choirs sang revolutionary songs, as crowds massed despite driving rain. As The Times of Israel notes, "t$3 op political and military leaders in Iran regularly call for Israel's annihilation", so Javani's paean to his regime's genocidal ambitions is not at all unprecedented.

It was not clear whether the amnesty would also apply to political prisoners.

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Chants of "Death to Israel" and "Death to Britain" followed, and demonstrators burned US and Israeli flags.

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.

A majority of Iranians blame domestic mismanagement and corruption over foreign sanctions for the economic situation, according to an IranPoll survey published in December 2018.

State television offered blanket coverage of the commemorations, showing marchers in cities ranging from Abadan in south-western Iran to Mashad in the northeast, all joined in fervent denunciations of both the US and Israel. "We will not let America become victorious." he said.

Those who took to the streets were bullish despite the economic problems in the country, made worse by Washington's punitive measures. He was greeted by millions of supporters in Tehran. The entire IRGC has been labeled a terrorist organization by Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, and some of the IRGC's sub-components - including its elite Quds Force, which has been labeled a terrorist organization by the United States - engage in even more direct sponsoring and exporting of sharia supremacist Islamism.

"At the revolution's 40 anniversary we are on top of scientific achievements like nanotechnology or accurate missiles", he said.

A resolution was read out, proclaiming "unquestioning obedience to the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei" and calling US President Donald Trump an idiot, reported AFP.

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