Published: Tue, February 12, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Chanting 'Death to America', Iranians mark 40 years since Shah's fall

Chanting 'Death to America', Iranians mark 40 years since Shah's fall

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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 US defeats".

"The presence of people today on the streets all over Islamic Iran means that the enemy will never reach its evil objectives", Rouhani himself told the crowds, vowing the "US conspiracy" against Iran will never succeed.

Prices of basic foodstuffs have soared since President Donald Trump withdrew Washington from world powers' 2015 nuclear deal with Iran past year and reimposed sanctions on Tehran.

Earlier this month the United States vowed to pressure Iran to curtail its missile program after the Islamic Republic unveiled a new ballistic missile with a range of 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) and tested a new cruise missile, both capable of reaching targets in Israel.

In January, Rouhani said Iran was dealing with its worst economic crisis since the Shah was toppled. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall.

A resolution was read out, proclaiming "unquestioning obedience to the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei" and calling US President Donald Trump an idiot, reported AFP.

Regional power Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries have viewed Iran with great suspicion since the Islamic Revolution swept the Shah from power, fearing Khomeini would inspire Islamic militants across the region.

"It´s been 40 yrs of failure".

Iran even holds an annual "Death to America" rally every November to commemorate the seizure of the U.S. Embassy in 1979, leading to a 444-day hostage crisis in which the Iranian regime held 52 Americans prisoner.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was quick to respond saying later on Monday it would mark Iran's last revolution anniversary if it attacked any cities in Israel.

"If this regime makes the awful mistake and tries to destroy Tel Aviv or Haifa, it won't be successful and it will be the last anniversary of their revolution they will ever celebrate". "However, this would be the last anniversary of the revolution that they celebrate".

Rallies were held across Iran to observe the anniversary of the fall of the Shah and the triumph of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the Shiite cleric who led the Islamic Revolution.

The state has played up this year´s anniversary as 40 is symbolic of maturity in the Islamic tradition and the age at which Prophet Mohammed received revelations from God.

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

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

Banners held by marchers or hung along the streets bore slogans including "Death to America", "Death to Israel", "we will trample on America", "forty years of challenge, forty years of USA defeats".

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