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2 February, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Iran celebrates 40 years of Islamic revolution

AFP, Tehran

Thousands of Iranians packed the mausoleum of the Islamic republic’s founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in Tehran yesterday to launch celebrations for the 40th anniversary of its revolution. Ceremonies for the 1979 revolution started at 9:33 am (0603 GMT), the exact time that Khomeini returned to Iran after 14 years in exile and his plane touched down at Tehran airport. As an army band played revolutionary anthems, the huge hall of the mausoleum was filled with people from all walks of life, among them schoolchildren dressed in the red, white and green of the Iranian flag.

Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, head of the influential experts assembly which appoints the Islamic republic’s supreme leader, delivered a keynote speech rebuking political factions seeking better ties with Washington.

“Curses on the wrong school of thought that thinks we can’t run the country unless America helps us,” he said, shaking a raised left hand.

On February 1 each year, the “Dahe-ye Fajr” (10 days of Dawn) celebrations begin in Iran to mark the anniversary of Khomeini’s return after the pro-Western shah fled Iran following widespread demonstrations.

The celebrations culminate on 11 February (22 Bahman, in the Persian calendar) which marks the fall of 2,500 years of monarchy in Iran. For the 40th anniversary, decorative lights and posters have been put up in main streets in Tehran and new murals of “martyrs” painted on walls.

ISNA news agency posted a video of ships blasting their horns in celebration in the Gulf port of Bandar Abbas, southern Iran. Two arms and military equipment fairs have opened in the capital, showcasing the weaponry developed and manufactured in Iran over the past four decades, especially its prized ballistic missiles.

From the very start, the Islamic republic faced challenges from communist former allies as well as from separatist minorities in border regions of Iran.

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