Tehran, Feb 10 (efe-epa).- Tens of thousands of Iranians on Wednesday commemorated the anniversary of the country’s 1979 revolution in parades of cars and motorcycles, instead of the usual large-scale rallies organized by the government, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
From their vehicles, people held up photos of former Supreme Leader Ruhollah Khomeini, who led the Islamic Revolution, and of the current leader, Ali Khamenei, along with Iranian flags and banners reading “Death to America.”
In a speech, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said that “this year, we are celebrating the anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution, while our nation is winning after three years of resistance against sanctions and economic war.”
Like every year, Iranians gathered at Azadi Square and burned US and Israeli flags, although this time there were no cartoons or effigies of the new US president Joe Biden, which was common during the era of Donald Trump.
Trump imposed crippling sanctions against Iran that have driven the oil-rich country to an acute economic crisis that has been exacerbated by the pandemic.
Since the coronavirus outbreak, Iran has reported over 58,000 deaths and more than 1.4 million cases in the most-affected country in the Middle East. EFE-EPA