Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 11
By Saeed Isayev - Trend:
There wasn't a single superpower that helped Iran to achieve victory in the Islamic Revolution, Iranian president Hassan Rouhani said, Iran's Press TV channel reported live on Feb. 11.
Rouhani was addressing the crowd on Tehran's Azadi Square, as part of marking 22nd of Bahman (the 35th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution).
"22nd of Bahman is the triumph of the nation's unity. This triumph made us victorious. This date is the day of victory of moderate movement by people across the nation," Rouhani said. "It wasn't a victory of sword over sword, but rather a victory of blood over sword."
Rouhani went on to say that it was the late Islamic republic founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini who led the revolution to victory.
"The voice of the leader guided people, who came out victorious against tyrants," he said. "This movement was against oppression, tyranny, and for moderation and unity."
Rouhani went on to add that the people themselves wanted to take the matters into their own hands against the suppressive regime.
"The enemies have no understanding of Iranian people," Rouhani said, adding that during the 8-year Iran-Iraq war, the nation came out united against the aggressors.
"During the war, people stood together, resisted the aggressors," he said. "Then, when it was time for peace, everybody supported the peaceful movement," he said.
Earlier today, Iranians started mass rallies across the country, marking the 35th anniversary of the victory of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Iranian State IRINN TV reported.
People in Tehran and many other cities started to take to streets on Feb. 11, chanting slogans in support of the Islamic revolution which put an end to the monarchy of the Pahlavi regime.
Carrying images of Islamic republic founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, demonstrators supporting the government re-affirmed their allegiance to the Islamic Revolution.
Demonstrators also chanted anti-US and anti-Israel slogans during the rallies, which are televised live around the country.
High-ranking Iranian officials also attended the rallies.