At the biggest rallies, in Tehran the capital, the ongoing talks between world powers and Iran over the country’s nuclear program, dominated the celebration, which traditionally is organized by the hard-line factions in Iran.
Placards and posters were handed out bearing slogans referencing the recent remarks made by John Kerry the U.S. Secretary of State that despite ongoing discussions about the country’s nuclear program, one option that remains available is a military strike.
Placards read “Death to America” while other said they were ready for battle.
The Under Secretary of State, Wendy Sherman was also singled out in the rallies with some participants calling for her death.
Sherman, while testifying before the Foreign Relations Committee in the Senate last week, said the government of Iran started handing out food free to its people, after the U.S. released over $500 million to the country following a temporary agreement with the nuclear program.
Hard-liners in Iran reacted angrily by saying that the money, which came from frozen accounts under sanctions, was seized by the U.S. and that the free food had been paid for long ago.
Some other protesters called for the deaths of Kerry and President Barack Obama.
On February 11, 1979, revolutionaries in Iran declared victory in its battle against Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi and took power of the government overseen by clerics who were Shiite Muslim.
President Hassan Rouhani the president of Iran since his election in June was quick to criticize the threats made by Americans. However, he said if the world powers that were negotiating with Tehran over the nuclear program were to respect the rights Iran has, they would receive an appropriate and positive response from Iran.
However, like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the president before him, Rouhani warned that the threats would cost those against Iran in the nuclear talks.
Rouhani said that if Iran’s counterparts wanted to use incorrect and unpleasant methods that were used in the past, they should be aware that it would act to their own detriment and regional and global stability and welfare.