Massive rallies have commenced in the Iranian capital of Tehran and all other cities on the International Quds Day in support of the Palestinian resistance against the Israeli regime.
Millions of enthusiastic Iranians in more than 550 cities and towns have taken to the streets to express the Islamic Republic’s solidarity with the oppressed Palestinian people, and also to voice their anger at the policies of the hegemonic powers.
The participants are carrying placards and chanting slogans against the United States and Israel.
On Wednesday, Leader of the Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei called for an enthusiastic participation in demonstrations marking the International Quds Day.
Ayatollah Khamenei said that a high turnout on Quds Day would give a crushing response to the enemies of Islam and the Palestinians.
Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad also described the Quds Day as the “day of solidarity” and “the nations’ public movement toward saving human societies” and urged fervent participation in the rallies marking the day.
“Considering the developments that have occurred in the world as well as the strong will of the [global] arrogant powers to salvage the Zionists, it is necessary that the Quds Day rallies be held more enthusiastically, more massively and more vigilantly,” President Ahmadinejad said in the city of Mecca on Wednesday night.
In 1979, Imam Khomeini, the late founder of the Islamic Republic, designated the last Friday of the lunar month of Ramadan as the International Quds Day, during which Muslims across the world hold rallies to show their solidarity with Palestinians.