Millions of Iranians turn out to defy Trump ‘bullying’

Tehran: Iranians streamed into streets across Iran marking the 38th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution amid the new US administration’s stepped-up anti-Iran rhetoric.  

Initial reports said millions of people, men, women, young and old came out to join annual rallies across the country to mark the triumph of revolution that ended the monarchical rule of the US-backed Pahlavi regime on Bahman 22 (the date on the Persian calendar coinciding with the anniversary of the February 11, 1979 Islamic Revolution). The anniversary of the Islamic Revolution falls on February 10 this year.

The revolution led by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the late founder of the Islamic Republic, established a new political system based on religious democracy.

This year’s rallies are held as the administration of new US President Donald Trump has been ratcheting up pressure and tough talk against the Islamic republic.

In a move which sparked widespread censure, the new US president signed a sweeping executive order on January 27 to ban citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries, including Iran, from traveling to the US.

On February 3, the Trump administration also imposed new sanctions on Iran over a recent missile test, claiming that the missile launch violated UN Resolution 2231 that endorsed the July 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries, including the US.

Throughout the US presidential campaign, Trump also criticized the administration of Barack Obama for being “too soft” on Iran, promising to “rip up” Iran’s nuclear agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Iranian officials have rejected and condemned the recent anti-Iran threats by the new US administration.  

On Tuesday, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said the Iranian people would be responding to Trump’s anti-Iran threats on the upcoming anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.  

“Trump says, ‘Fear me!’ No. The [Iranian] people will respond to these remarks on Bahman 22 and will show what position the Iranian people assume vis-a-vis threats,” the Leader said in a meeting with a number of commanders, officers, pilots, and staff members from Iran’s Air Force and the country’s Khatam al-Anbiya Air Defense Base.

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