Iran marks 33rd anniversary of Islamic Revolution

February 12th, 2012 - 12:56 am ICT by IANS  

Tehran, Feb 11 (IANS) Hundreds of thousands of Iranians carrying flags and banners in support of the Islamic regime celebrated nationwide the 33rd anniversary of the country’s Islamic Revolution on Saturday.

State television showed the people in Tehran and other cities swarmed the streets and were carrying images of the late founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Seyyed Ruhollah Khomeini, and his successor, incumbent leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, reported Xinhua.

Chanting anti-US and anti-Israel slogans, people in Tehran swarmed the Azadi (liberty) Square and nearby areas to mark the 33rd anniversary of the Islamic Revolution which toppled the US-backed regime of the Shah in 1979.

Addressing a large crowd of people gathered at the Azadi Square on the occasion, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Saturday that Iran has always been ready for the talks over its nuclear issue, but it will not yield to Western pressures to quit its rights.

“We have always been ready for (nuclear) talks within the framework of justice and respect,” said the Iranian president, adding that, however, “I clearly announce that if you (Westerners) talk in the language of coercion and disrespect (with Iranians), the Iranian nation will never surrender to you” over its nuclear rights.

“The only way you need to observe is to respect the rights of Iranian nation and to come to the negotiation table,” said Ahmadinejad.

Also, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi said Saturday that the Iranian nation and the government will not give in to any Western pressure over its “peaceful” nuclear program, local satellite Press TV reported.

“I think this is a good enough message for others to understand that this nation will never ever yield to pressures from outside,” Salehi said, referring to the large turnout of people at Azadi Square.

This was Salehi’s second confirmation in two days of Iran’s determination to counter the Western pressure concerning Tehran’s nuclear issue.

Visiting Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, addressing the crowd at Azadi square, congratulated the Iranian nation and the government on the occasion of the Islamic Revolution anniversary and said that Iranians play a role in constructing a bright future for the Palestinians.

On the day, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) displayed a maquette of the downed U.S. RQ-170 stealth aircraft on Tehran’s Azadi square.

In December 2011, Iranian media reported that the Iranian military downed the US RQ-170 stealth aircraft in the eastern part of the country after finding it transgressing the eastern border.

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