Iran is commemorating the 11th anniversary of mass rallies on December 30, 2009 that put an end to post-election unrest back then and renewed the nation’s allegiance to the Islamic establishment.
The occasion is also known as the Dey 9 epic, which refers to the huge demonstrations held in the capital Tehran and other cities on the ninth day of the Persian calendar month of Dey in support of the Islamic Republic.
The million-strong rallies restored tranquility to the country after months of political wrangling and foreign-backed riots, and ended what the Iranian authorities described as sedition ensuing the presidential election in June 2009.
During the riots, a group of demonstrators offended the sanctities of the Iranian people on the day of Ashura, which marks the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (AS), the third Shia Imam and grandson of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
The unrest was orchestrated by Mehdi Karroubi and Mir Hossein Musavi, two of the candidates who had lost the election, claiming that the results had been rigged. Both remain under house arrest on charges of provoking the public and harming the national security.
Each year, Iranians mark the occasion with rallies, but no such events were scheduled for this year due to the coronavirus outbreak.
‘9th of Dey dashed ill-wishers’ hopes’
In a message issued on Tuesday, Iran’s Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi congratulated Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei and the Iranian people on the occasion.
On the Dey 9 epic, he said, the Iranian nation neutralized the enemies’ conspiracies thanks to its “exemplary insight” and dashed the ill-wishers’ hopes.
Iran, he said, is commemorating this historic day as the anniversary of the cowardly assassination of Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani and his zealous companions by the blood-thirsty US terrorist regime draws near and weeks after the martyrdom of [senior nuclear scientist] Mohsen Fakhrizadeh by the fake Israeli regime.
Alavi also assured the nation that Iranian intelligence forces will spare no efforts to perform their tasks aimed at preserving and protecting lasting peace in the Islamic Republic.
Army: Historic rallies eliminated sedition
Additionally, the Iranian Army released a statement on Tuesday, saying the occasion uprooted sedition fueled by internal and external elements and brought disgrace and defeat to the sworn enemies of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
“The cunning enemy has over the past three decades tested all ways against the great Iranian nation, including coups, imposed wars and cowardly assassinations, etc. In 2009, it wanted to transform the [Islamic] establishment and Revolution under the mask of seeking democracy, protecting the popular vote [by] launching a soft revolution. This is while the Western powers have always supported the most dictatorial countries in the region and have on their hands the blood of innocent people seeking democracy and fighting against tyranny,” the statement read.
The people’s huge and spontaneous rallies on the Dey 9 epic can be considered “a vaccine that insured the Islamic Revolution in the face of domestic and foreign seditionist and rioters,” it added.