Iran’s president on Monday blasted what he called a vast, global U.S. “conspiracy” against the country as angry crowds marked 40 years since the Islamic Revolution by hitting out at Washington and Jerusalem.
“The presence of people today on the streets all over Islamic Iran… means that the enemy will never reach its evil objectives,” President Hassan Rouhani told those crowding into Tehran’s Azadi (Freedom) square.
The event was the culmination of official celebrations called the “10 Day Dawn” that mark the period between February 1 and February 11, 1979, when Shiite cleric Khomeini returned from exile and ousted the shah’s last government.
State television offered blanket coverage of the commemorations, showing marchers in cities ranging from Abadan in south-western Iran to Mashad in the northeast, all joined in fervent denunciations of both the U.S. and Israel.
The large turnout came as Iranians face rising prices, food shortages and high inflation that have triggered waves of protests.