The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) in a statement praised the Iranian people for their high turnout in the annual Bahman 22 (February 11) rallies marking the 35th anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution as a decisive response to the US officials’ insulting remarks against Iran.
After Iran and the world powers struck a deal in November, Washington officials have been making increasing provocative remarks against Iran and the deal. US Secretary of State John Kerry said in an interview in Geneva in January that the military option was still on the table if Iran did not live up to its nuclear commitments under the Geneva deal.
In response, a large number of Iranian officials have warned of the dire repercussions of such remarks by Washington officials. Lieutenant Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Hossein Salami warned that the slightest military move by the US will be reciprocated by Iran’s harshest response, underlining that Iran’s reaction would “recognize no boundary”.
The IRGC statement pointed to the insulting remarks made by US officials against Iran, and said, “The resolute and firm response of the Iranian nation to the prating of the Great Satan (the US) not only reminded the US officials of the necessity for giving up their arrogant attitude, threatening stance, and rude, unwise and failed stances, but also showed people’s loyalty to the revolution and the establishment.”
The IRGC thanked the Iranian nation for their high turnout in the February 11 rallies.
Millions of Iranians in Tehran and other cities throughout the country poured to the streets on Tuesday to show their unconditional support for the Islamic Republic through staging massive rallies on February 11th, marking the 35th anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran.
Huge masses of people from all walks of life converged on streets and squares all over the country to express their support for the cause and ideals of the Islamic Revolution.
A large number of foreign reporters covered the rallies. In Tehran, demonstrators then congregated at the Azadi Square, Tehran’s main square and the site of major national rallies over the past three decades.
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 Ruhollah 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 this day 35 years ago, people took to the streets to celebrate the collapse of the Pahlavi Dynasty and the emergence of the new era.