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12 February, 2019, 16:26 | Author: Lucille Rivera
  • According to a 2013 study by the UN and the University of Tehran a third of Iran's population is aged between 15 and 29

People across Iran are taking to the streets today to mark the 40th anniversary of its Islamic Revolution - an event that has gone on to define the country and its position within the world.

Hundreds of thousands of soldiers, militia members in camouflage fatigues, clerics, and ordinary citizens flocked to the streets of other Iranian cities and towns to commemorate February 11, 1979, when followers of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini ousted a US -backed monarch, Shah Reza Pahlavi.

Banners held by marchers or hung along the streets bore slogans including "Death to America", "Death to Israel", "we will trample on America", "40 years of challenge, 40 years of USA defeats".

He said that while Iran will continue to have "constructive engagement" with the worldwide community, it will not ask for permission to produce any type of missile it wants.

Iran was determined to expand its military power and ballistic missile program despite mounting pressure from hostile countries to curb Iran's defensive work, state TV reported Rouhani as saying.

Washington and its Arab allies have viewed Iran with great suspicion since the Islamic Revolution, fearing Khomeini's radical ideology would inspire militants across the Middle East.

Over the past decade, Iran has frequently test-fired and displayed missiles, sent several short-lived satellites into orbit and in 2013 launched a monkey into space.

Trump also shared another tweet with the same message in Farsi, which is widely spoken in Iran.

It was not clear whether the amnesty would also apply to political prisoners.

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This year's anniversary come as tensions are rising with the US and Iran is grappling with re-imposed USA sanctions.

The large turnout in state-sponsored rallies came as Iranians face rising prices, food shortages and high inflation that have triggered waves of protests.

He said, "We will not let America become victorious.Iranian people have and will have some economic difficulties but we will overcome the problems by helping each other".

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 US and Israel.

"We are here to support the revolution", the 57-year-old pensioner, who refused to give his first name, told AFP at the event in Tehran.

The 10-day period from the return of Imam Khomeini until the revolution's victory is celebrated annually in Iran, and is known as the Ten-Day Fajr (Dawn).

He compared the USA sanctions and economic hardships to "riding a bicycle when someone puts a stick in the wheels" but pointed to advances in other fields as more than making up for them.

Current supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is set to publish "a detailed statement explaining the "second step" of the progress of the Islamic revolution", his official website said.

Extensive fireworks displays were held across Tehran on Sunday night, timed to coincide with the demonstrations.

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