Dr. Velayati:

“People are Loyal to the Revolution Despite Hardships”

Monday, February 11, 2019 - 17:35

Academics attended countrywide demonstrations in celebration of the 40th anniversary of victory of the Islamic Revolution.

Dr. Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior foreign policy advisor to Ayatollah Khamenei, noted that Americans do not know Iranian people; “our nation is patient with ten thousand years cultural background.” People are loyal to the Islamic Revolution despite “hardships”.

Asked about the U.S. threats against Iran, the veteran politician said, “The Americans have failed to “understand our nation”. He added the Iranian nation is “patient” and have seen such threats in their very long history.

Velayati who served as Iran’s foreign minister for 16 years in the 1980s and 1990s said the 1979 Islamic revolution brought back independence to the country after 200 years and “we must value this independence, security and freedom” which have been gained through many sacrifices.

The rallies started in more than 1,000 cities and 10,000 villages across the country. The winter cold, rainfalls and snowfalls could not deter people from participating in the rallies, Tehran Times reports. The Bahman 22 marches started with the slogan of “Proud of the Past and Hope on the future”.

This year’s rallies are proving a milestone as the revolution has entered its 40th birthday and certain extremists such as John Bolton, the national security advisor to U.S. President Donald Trump, had claimed that the Islamic Revolution would not see its 40th anniversary.

The rallies are also a show of strength and firmness that the Iranians will not give in under illegal and tough economic sanctions introduced against the country by the Trump administration in violation of the international 2015 nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

People from all walks of life are participating in the rallies. They wave the national flag to show their love to the country despite economic hardship created by the sanctions.

In a speech to the Air Force officers on Friday, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said “Death to the U.S.” is not a slogan against the American nation. Instead, the Leader insisted, it is a slogan against Trump, Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Addressing people in Azadi Square (Freedom Square) in Tehran, President Hassan Rouhani said the huge turnout in rallies “means that the enemies will not achieve its evil goals” and that the revolution will “continue its path like the past 40 years”.

In a reference to the illegal sanctions and pressures against Iran, Rouhani said the participation of people in marches, including in the megacity of Tehran, indicates that the “one-year plots of the enemy (against Iran) have ended in failure.”

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