IRAN MARKS 31ST ANNIVERSARY OF ISLAMIC REVOLUTION

PanARMENIAN.Net
02.02.2010 11:28 GMT+04:00

/PanARMENIAN.Net/ Iran is starting 11 days of celebrations to mark
the 31st anniversary of the Islamic Revolution. Around the country,
Iranians paused at 9:33 in the morning to remember the day that the
revolution's leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, returned from a
long exile in France.

Iranian TV showed images of men ringing bells, trains blowing their
whistles, ships sounding their horns, and soldiers firing cannons
to mark the symbolic return of Islamic Republic founder Ayatollah
Ruhollah Khomeini on February 1, 1979.

The stern-faced leader of the Islamic Revolution which swept away
Iran's monarchy arrived that day at 9:33 by plane from France after 15
years in exile. Large, exuberant crowds met him at Tehran's Mehrabad
Airport.

As part of the anniversary celebrations children dressed in the colors
of the Iranian flag paid homage to Ayatollah Khomeini by singing
and chanting. Iran's revolutionary guards and basij militiamen also
raced through the streets of Tehran on motorcycles, waving flags,
to celebrate

There were no reported opposition demonstrations Monday and opposition
leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi have urged their
supporters to turn out on February 11, when Iranians normally take
to the streets to celebrate the revolution, VOA News reported.