Millions Pledge Allegiance To Islamic Republic’s Founder

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei addresses the gathering at Imam Khomeini’s mausoleum in southern Tehran

TEHRAN: Millions of people across Iran marked the 26th anniversary of the demise of the late founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Seyyed Rouhollah Khomeini.

Supreme leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei addressed the gathering at the shrine where late Imam’s  grandson Seyyed Hassan, who holds no post in the government as per Khomeini’s will, also delivered a speech.

Khamenei said Imam Khomeini favored and emphasized the participation of people in different areas, including in military, political, and economic issues.

Imam Khomeini had real belief in the people, and respected people’s viewpoints even if he disagreed with them, the Leader said.

“Imam was openly opposed to world bullies,” Ayatollah Khamenei said, adding that the late founder of the Islamic Republic championed the cause of the oppressed.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Ayatollah referred to police brutality in the US and said Iran opposes the violence perpetrated by US police just as the Islamic Republic opposes the acts of violence committed by the Takfiri ISIS group.

Ayatollah Khamenei said Iran also opposes the Saudi military strikes against Yemen in the same way the Islamic Republic opposes the Israeli attacks against Gaza.

He also emphasized that the issue of Palestine will never be off Iran’s agenda.

The Leader warned against the divisive polices of certain entities, including the extremist groups in Iraq and Syria, against Shia and Sunni Muslims, calling on Muslims not to fall victim to such plots.

According to Press TV, some four hundred scholars and researchers from different countries, who have been conducting studies on the thoughts and life of Imam Khomeini, also joined the ceremony.

Every year, millions of Iranians from across the country travel to Tehran to pay homage to the late founder of the Islamic Republic.

Rouhollah Mousavi Khomeini, better known as Imam Khomeini, was born in the central Iranian city of Khomein on September 24, 1902 to a family of scholars.

He led Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution, which culminated in the overthrow of the US-backed Mohammad Reza Pahlavi’s monarchy. Pahlavi was Iran’s last monarch.

Imam Khomeini passed away on June 4, 1989 at the age of 87.

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