Thousands Chant 'Death To America' In Iran, Protest US 'Language Of Threats'

by Abel Hampton February 12, 2017, 0:26
Thousands Chant 'Death To America' In Iran, Protest US 'Language Of Threats'

On the anniversary of Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution that toppled the US -backed Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, marchers including hundreds of military personnel and policemen streamed towards Tehran's Azadi (Freedom) Square for the main event.

Earlier this week, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei stated he was grateful to Trump for showing "the true face of the USA".

Diplomatic tension went up high while Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of Iran made his public comment for the first time since the inauguration of Donald Trump as the United State's President.

Rouhani called Iran the home of "lions" but said the country did not seek hostility.

Tehran and Washington cut diplomatic ties shortly after Iran's revolution, which toppled the US-backed Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. Anti-American rhetoric at this year's commemoration, however, was more subdued than usual.

On February 1, the United States put Iran "on notice" over a ballistic missile test.

U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley called the earlier test "unacceptable", while her United Kingdom counterpart, Matthew Rycroft, warned that the test could have a "destabilizing" effect on the Middle East.

One placard showed a caricature of Trump being punched by a hand wearing a bracelet of the Iranian flag.

Iranian security forces have repeatedly announced arrests of Islamic State fighters and sympathizers.

Several people carried black and white signs with text in English calling on Americans to visit Iran.

The Trump White House is considering labeling Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, the military organization that is in charge of Iran's missile program, a terrorist organization.

The speech came the day after a U.S. federal appeals court rejected the Trump administration's move to unblock the travel ban. The deal lifted many sanctions that has been "imposed on Iran".

While the rally was lead on my passionate chants, it also brought with it effigies of President Trump-some hanging from ropes.

"Now with Trump in charge, Iran's hardliners can sleep easy as they thrive on threats and intimidation from the USA, it feeds their narrative", said Javedanfar, an Iranian-born Israeli lecturer on Iran at Israel's Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya.


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