News ID: 320028
Published: 0333 GMT February 11, 2022

Iran marks 43rd anniversary of Islamic Revolution

Iran marks 43rd anniversary of Islamic Revolution

Nation pins no hope on West: Raeisi

Iranians from all walks of life took to the streets across the country on Friday to celebrate the 43rd anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, which overthrew the former US-backed Pahlavi regime in 1979.

Participants in Tehran drove their cars and motorbikes through the streets toward the iconic Azadi (Freedom) Square. People were able to attend the rallies on foot in areas where fewer COVID-19 cases per capita have been recorded.

Each year, the occasion is commemorated by nationwide rallies. However, this is the second year that health protocols changed the format of the rallies, Press TV reported.

On the eve of the 43rd anniversary, fireworks displays were performed in Tehran and other cities at 9:00 p.m. overnight, as people chanted Allahu Akbar (God is the Greatest) in an expression of support for the Islamic Revolution.

More than 6,300 Iranian and some 200 foreign journalists, photographers, and cameramen covered the Friday ceremonies.

In Tehran, revolutionary songs played as marchers waved national flags and burnt the flags of the United States and Israel. Parachutists put on a live performance over the Azadi Square, depicting the Iranian flag in the capitals sky.

The Iranian nation overthrew the US-backed regime of Pahlavi on February 11, 1979. 


No hope on West

Addressing the event, President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi said Iran pinned no hope on the West and relied solely on its people to achieve political and economic independence.

"We must pay special attention to all countries, especially our neighbors. But we have hope in God and the people, and we never have hope in Vienna and New York," Raeisi said, referring to the ongoing talks in the Austrian capital to revive the 2015 nuclear deal.

The president said he sees a bright future for Iran, citing the country's enormous capacities especially its young human resources.

"We are very hopeful for the future. This hope is not in the slogan and we are becoming more hopeful with each passing day. I also told the leadership [Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei]; I see the capacities. The determined young forces and the intellectuals that I see, I become more hopeful for the future," he said. "The future is very bright and promising."

He asserted that Iran neither accepts to be dominated nor does it want to dominate other nations.

We neither accept being dominated and giving up our independence nor are we after oppressing anyone,” Raeisi said at Friday prayers in Tehran.

He hailed the Islamic Revolution as a symbol of divine power” that mesmerized the world.

Everyone was then wondering how a nation, by relying on God, can overthrow a government backed by the great powers and voluntarily establish a government in the name of religion and divine values,” he added.

According to Raeisi, the same slogans that were chanted by people in 1979 protests should be used today as well.

Back then the slogan Neither East nor West, the Islamic Republic is the best” was chanted. Today, the same slogan must resonate as well,” he said.

He noted that Iran has always managed to protect its political independence and that the Islamic republic plays a decisive role in the region.

The Iranian president also laid emphasis on the justice-seeking and corruption and oppression fighting nature of the Islamic Republic.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Raeisi made clear that disregarding the people equals disregarding the Islamic Revolution, adding the people are closely connected to the Islamic Revolution.

All different tastes, away from differences, should not allow unity to be damaged,” he noted.

Raeisi also said that the ideals of the Islamic Revolution are universal, noting that, Today, not only the great nation of Iran, but also the nations of the world have high hopes in this Revolution, and what everyone wants today is that the revolutionary nature of this establishment should be maintained."

The glorious Islamic Revolution, he said, does not digest corruption and oppression.

It is like a person who eats poisonous food and his [digestive system] does not accept poison. In the same way, the Islamic Revolution cannot accept oppression and corruption.”

In contrast, Raeisi continued, the oppressive Shah regime did not have a shred of independence and was a dictatorship brimming with corruption and oppression.

The Islamic Revolution came around to overthrow this corrupt regime, which was backed by the hegemonic powers, and to establish a system based on religion and what the people have repeatedly shouted: Independence, Freedom, the Islamic Republic,’” he added.


Sacrifices made for independence

Marking the event, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said the Iranian nation has made many sacrifices to safeguard its independence.

43yrs ago, the agelong struggle of our nation for self-determination, & a free & independent Iran ended in victory,” Khatibzadeh wrote in a tweet on Friday.

Our nation has made many sacrifices to safeguard those values & principles. Our resolve to stand & strive for Iran's rights & interests remains unwavering,” he added.

The rallies this year are of significant importance due to the defeat of Washingtons maximum pressure” campaign in the face of the Iranian nations steadfastness and the US administrations declaration that it seeks a less confrontational policy toward the Islamic Republic due to the failed” policy.


Call for national unity 

In a statement at the end of the events, the demonstrators underlined the necessity of preserving national unity and avoiding any measure that would foment division and sedition in the country.

The nation under the wise guidance of the Leader and according to our revolutionary vision has realized that the crooked and evil-minded enemy is trying to downplay the glorious actions and epic progress in various fields through a combined attack which exploits their media dictatorship,” the statement read.

They stressed the need to make concerted efforts to fend off threats against the country and to defend the countrys inalienable right to pursue its peaceful nuclear program and advance its defensive capabilities.

While condemning the positions of senior Western officials on Irans defense program, the statement thanked the efforts of the Iranian negotiators in Vienna sanctions removal talks and asked them to adhere to the guidance of the Leader and pay attention to the laws passed by the parliament.

They also underscored their full support for the Resistance Front in Palestine as the first issue of Muslims around the world and condemned the brutal crimes conducted by Saudi Arabia against the people of Yemen and the international communitys silence in this regard.




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