Iran: Islamic revolution’s 40th anniversary commemorated, crowds chant ‘Death to America’

Iran: Islamic revolution’s 40th anniversary commemorated, crowds chant ‘Death to America’

Iran: Islamic revolution’s 40th anniversary commemorated, crowds chant ‘Death to America’

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iranians are pouring out onto the streets of Tehran and other cities and towns across the country, marking the date 40 years ago that's considered victory day in the country's 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Crowds were marching on Monday, heading out from a dozen points in the Iranian capital toward Tehran Azadi, or Freedom Square.

'We have not asked and will not ask for permission to develop different types of. missiles and will continue our path and our military power, ' Rouhani said.

Israel and Iran have not maintained diplomatic relations since the Islamic Revolution of 1979.

Soldiers, students, clerics and black-clad women holding small children thronged streets across Iran, many with portraits of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the Shi'ite cleric who toppled the Shah in an Islamic uprising that still haunts the West.

Chants of "Death to Israel" and "Death to Britain" followed, and demonstrators burned USA and Israeli flags. "Now it´s up to the Iranian regime to change its behavior, & ultimately up to the Iranian people to determine the direction of their country", John Bolton tweeted.

The regime also declared a mass amnesty, with a fifth of prisoners set to leave the country's overcrowded prison system. Iranian leaders say they are protecting national interests.

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President Hassan Rohani blasted a USA "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. 40 years of repression.

But despite the official festivities today's Islamic republic faces acute economic challenges as it struggles with a mix of domestic hardships and USA sanctions.

In January, Mr Rouhani said Iran was facing its worst economic crisis since the Shah was toppled.

Banners held by marchers or hung in the streets bore slogans including "Death to America", "Death to Israel", and "40 years of challenge, 40 years of USA defeats". "They should take that into account", Netanyahu said, as reported by Haaretz. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall.

Netanyahu's comments came in response to a threat made by Yadollah Javani, the Guard's deputy head for political affairs, who said at a rally celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Islamic revolution that the U.S. "does not have the courage to shoot a single bullet at us despite all its defensive and military assets".

Extensive fireworks displays were held across Tehran on Sunday night.

In a February 8 speech to a gathering of Iranian Army Air Force officers, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that Iran will not give up the "Death to America" chant as long as Washington continues its hostile policies toward Tehran.

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