37 Anniversary of Islamic Revolution Victory Marked in Qom, Mashhad Iran

*Millions of Iranians Rally to Mark Islamic Revolution Victory

Iranian people from different walks of life, carrying flags and banners in support of the Islamic Republic, poured into the streets in their millions on Thursday to hold nationwide rallies marking the 37th anniversary of the victory of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

People in capital Tehran and all other cities attended countrywide huge rallies this morning to commemorate the anniversary of victory of the Islamic Revolution, which put an end to the monarchy of the US-backed Pahlavi regime in 1979.

More than 450 foreign guests from 28 countries, including scientific, political, and influential figures from the European, African, Asian, and American countries have travelled to Iran to witness the event, which is also a great opportunity for reporters and journalists.

Over 5200 cameramen and journalists from Iran and other countries cover the massive rallies.

The crowd of demonstrators in the rallies also paid tribute to the late founder of the Islamic Republic, Imam Khomeini, under whose leadership the revolutionary movements triumphed over the despotic regime of Pahlavi on February 11, 1979.

Carrying images of Imam Khomeini and Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, people in Iranian cities reaffirmed their allegiance to the causes of the Islamic Revolution.

In capital Tehran, the Azadi (Liberty) Square was swarming with enthusiastic demonstrators who gathered to cherish the memory of the Islamic Revolution victory.

People also chanted anti-US and anti-Israel slogans during the mass rallies.

Meanwhile, high-ranking Iranian officials also attended the rallies along with other people to rejoice at the auspicious ceremony.

The Islamic Revolution victory, seen as the most important milestone in Iran’s recent history, liberated the country from the yoke of the hegemonic powers -with the ousted Shah as their stooge- and established a new political system based upon Islamic values and democracy.

The Iranian nation toppled the West-backed Pahlavi regime 36 years ago, ending 2,500 years of monarchic rule in the country.

*Iranian President joins rallies marking Islamic Revolution anniversary

President Hassan Rouhani on Thursday joined the people in the Iranian capital attending rallies to mark the 37th victory anniversary of the Islamic Revolution.

Later in the day, President Rouhani and Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the US-based Nation of Islam (NOI) who is among the foreign guests of the event, are to address the people.

People from all walks of life have taken to the streets of Tehran and other Iranian cities to commemorate the occasion.

The Revolution marking rallies are being held in more than 1,000 cities and over 4,000 villages of the country.

More than 5,200 Iranian and foreign reporters, photojournalists and camerapersons are covering the nationwide event.

More than 450 foreign guests, mainly scientific and distinguished political figures are present at this year's celebrations from different countries, including, Germany, France, Spain, Belgium, Croatia and Netherland.

Later in the day, a new domestic-made drone named Shahed-129 is to be unveiled in the Revolution anniversary ceremony.

Chairman of the Expediency council Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Vice-Chairman of the Experts Assembly Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi and Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani have also participated in the rallies

*Iranian President : Islamic Revolution belies those fake apologists of Islam

Iran’s Hassan Rouhani, who has joined the popular rallies earlier in the morning, addresses the crowd.

President Rouhani said that drastic social change since the Revolution had been possible only through a comination of ‘Islam’ and ‘Republic’ elements of the system, and that people had seen their ideals and historical demands crystalized on the words of late Imam Khomeini (RA); “the Revolution was not only political; but it changed the ethics and ontology of the nation altogether; it denied violence and advanced peacefully,” Rouhani told the crowd. “Those hegemonic powers who had been dealing with Iranians with the language of coercion and denigration, have come to this conclusion that our nation will never succumb to pressures and threats.”

“We triumphantly brought the debacle of Iranophobia project during historic nuclear deal with the west; the world public now clearly accepts that the Zionist Regime was false in its claims that Iran was a threat to the globe,” Mr. Rouhani emphasized. He also said that election was an example of national dialogue where people and the system negotiate.

Rouhani promised a better economic future; “we will invest all our capacities to improve economic conditions and will stand with people to see a better next year where the economy will flourish and with it the country will see brilliant days,” he imbued the rallying crowd with a fresh sense of hope.

“Today is a day not for partisan rivalry, but a day for unity and casting petty and provincial partisan views of the short-term interests; today, our sole objective should be to build a better Iran, and to attain this, we need interaction with the world,” president added.

“Any domestic confrontation would undermine national expediencies’; we should come to a consensus on the way the country should be handled toward progress; the Leader’s predicted 8-per cent growth is a good target to be met, and to attain this per cent, we will work to bring foreign investments into Iran,” Rouhani suggested.

On Parliament and Assembly of Experts elections to be held February 26, President Rouhani believed that public of all walks of life should be given way to participate in a historic election which would lead Iran to happiness; the Revolution hinges upon the public vote, the constitution, ethics, Islam, and respecting the rule of law; “the Revolution is not specific for any certain party or political group,” Mr. Rouhani said.

“A revolutionary individual is he who is tolerant of the opposition and different opinions; is he who participate in running his country; he whose country’s productions should compete for world markets; the revolutionary typical man and women are happy, value hope, and welcomes hard work to build their country; he welcomes a revolution which provides a peaceful image of Islam to today’s world,” he went on to say in his description of a revolutionary individual.

“Our Revolution belies those fake apologists of Islam. It belies their crime; any one claims to be a revolutionary, should help fashion a national unity and reconciliation, which we need the most,” was Rouhani’s public call for a general political unity. “Election is an example of this national dialogue; no one should avoid polls. We need higher turnout, which well demonstrates our social human capital; if any citizen is disgruntled by any reason, should come to vote and should know that his vote will have the last word,” he recommended.

Source: IMNIG, ABNA. Pictures by Hamid Abedi