The Iranians celebrated this Friday in more than 1,500 cities and 30,000 villages the 43rd anniversary of the triumph of the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979, with marches, parades in cars and motorcycles and large mobilizations.
Iran: 43 years of sovereignty and dignity (Part I)
According to local media, in Tehran and other cities the parades were held in vehicles and motorcycles to avoid contagion of Covid-19. On the other hand, in other areas with fewer infections, the celebrations included massive marches with health protocols.
As part of the festivities, there were aerial acrobatics and free-falling displays by paratroopers from Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) and the Popular Resistance Force (Basich) at Tehran’s Azadi Tower.
During the popular marches, a resolution was read in which the Iranians were exhorted to continue strengthening their unity against the plots of foreign governments.
In a message to the nation, President Ebrahim Raisi said that Iran has placed no hope in the West, and that it is only up to the Iranian people to achieve their political and economic independence.
I was honored to accompany President Raisi in hosting foreign ambassadors on the 43rd anniversary of our nation’s Islamic Revolution.
Values of the revolution will continue to lead Iran’s foreign policy. pic.twitter.com/HljoJQH1C3
— H.Amirabdollahian امیرعبداللهیان (@Amirabdolahian)
February 10, 2022
Raisi stressed that Iranian foreign policy is based on balance and progress depends on unity and convergence.
“Looking at the West has unbalanced the country. We must pay special attention to all countries, especially our neighbors. But we have hope in God and in the people, and we never have hope in Vienna and New York”, he specified.
He stressed that his government is committed to the talks taking place in Vienna to reactivate the 2015 nuclear agreement. However, he pointed out that he will not leave the country and its economy dependent on those results.
The president predicted a bright future for Iran and praised the country’s capabilities, mainly young people.
“We are very hopeful for the future. This hope is not in the slogan and we are more hopeful with each passing day (…) I see the capacities, the determined young forces and the intellectuals that I see, I become more hopeful for the future. The future is very bright and promising,” he stated.
“Neither do we accept being dominated and renounce our independence, nor do we seek to oppress anyone,” said the head of state.
On the anniversary of the glorious victory of the Islamic Revolution, Imam Khamenei agreed to pardon or reduce sentences of 3,388 people convicted in the Public & Revolutionary Courts, the Judicial Organization of Armed Forces, & the State Discretionary Punishment Organization.
— Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir)
February 11, 2022
As part of the day, the leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei pardoned more than 3,000 Iranian prisoners were pardoned, according to an official report. With this measure, 3,388 prisoners are released, or have their sentence commuted or reduced.
In addition, those who committed some type of financial crime linked to the Government will benefit, as well as those who were sentenced by public courts, revolutionary courts or the Judicial Organization of the Armed Forces of the Persian nation.
On this anniversary, several leaders congratulated the Iranian authorities and people, including the Sultan of Oman, Haitham bin Tarek; the presidents of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, and Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliev, and the Foreign Minister of the Government of National Salvation of Yemen, Hesham Sharaf Abdullah.
On the 43rd anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, I am pleased to express the warmest congratulations to the Iranian government and people, especially to my counterpart @Amirabdolahian.#Cuba and #Iran they are two friendly countries that share historical relations of friendship and cooperation. pic.twitter.com/1tMUx0hjNI
– Bruno Rodríguez P (@BrunoRguezP)
February 11, 2022
The foreign ministers of Cuba and Venezuela, Bruno Rodríguez and Félix Plasencia, respectively, also did so.
The Cuban diplomat congratulated the Islamic Revolution and stressed that Cuba and Iran are two friendly countries “that share historic relations of friendship and cooperation.” From Caracas, the head of Venezuelan diplomacy extended his congratulations.
There was no lack of congratulations from the foreign ministers of Switzerland, Russia, China, Japan, Poland, Turkey, Pakistan, Romania, Estonia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, North Korea and Syria. In their messages, the ministers referred to the close and friendly relations with Iran and hoped for its expansion and strengthening.