Rouhani Asks for Iranians’ Massive Turnout in Wednesday Rallies to Show Popular Support to Powers
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani asked people to stage massive participation in the February 11 rallies – marking the 36th anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution – to show their all-out support for the Islamic establishment to the whole world, specially the powers.
“The February 11 is a day of national celebration and the Iranian nation’s day,” Rouhani said in a statement on Monday.
“Undoubtedly, we can go through economic problems and the nuclear negotiations more easily with the high massive turnout of the Iranian nation in the February 11 rallies, and we can stand against expansionists in all the international issues more powerfully and defend the Iranian nation’s rights more easily and at lower costs,” he added.
Led by the Founder of the Revolution, Imam Khomeini, Iranians confronted the forces of US-proxy Mohammad-Reza Pahlavi in late 1977 to end his oppressive, cruel and autocratic rule over the country.
By December 1978, millions of Iranians would take to the streets in protest against the policies of the Shah on a regular basis.
Grand Ayatollah Rouhollah Khomeini returned from exile to Iran to be received by millions of cheering crowds after the departure of the Shah in mid-January 1979. Two weeks later, the country saw the victory of the Islamic Revolution.
The final collapse of the Shah’s regime came on February 11 when the military renounced its loyalty to the Shah and joined the revolutionary forces.
On February 11th, 36 years ago, people took to the streets to celebrate the collapse of the Pahlavi Dynasty and the emergence of the new era.
Rouhani’s remarks came as Iran is now in the midst of landmark talks with the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany) over its peaceful nuclear program.
The 10th round of negotiations between Iran and the six world powers was held in Vienna from November 18 to 24, where the seven nations decided to extend the talks until July after they failed to strike an agreement.
The latest round of the nuclear talks between the two sides was held at the level of deputy foreign ministers in Geneva, Switzerland, on January 18.
The two sides decided to continue their talks in February.
Both Iran and the G5+1 negotiators have underlined that cutting a final deal before the July 10 deadline is possible.