Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has stressed the independence of the Islamic Republic, saying the Iranian nation will “not retreat one iota” from its rights.
Addressing a huge crowd in Tehran's Azadi Square on the 34th anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution, Ahmadinejad said, “Today, no power can make the slightest imposition against the Iranian nation, and this nation will not retreat one iota from its basic rights.”
“Today, [even] the most cynic and immoral enemies of the Iranian nation admit that the Iranian nation and country is one of the most independent nations and countries in the world and no one can impose their will on the Iranian nation,” Ahmadinejad said.
“Today, enemies are making every effort to prevent the progress of the Iranian nation by [mounting] pressures, but they have not succeeded.” Ahmadinejad added.
On Sunday, Iranians staged mass rallies across the country to mark the 34th anniversary of the victory of the 1979 Islamic Revolution that put an end to the monarchy of the US-backed Pahlavi regime in the country.
People in the capital Tehran and many other cities and towns started to take to the streets on Sunday morning to reaffirm their allegiance to the ideals of the late founder of the Islamic Republic Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
The Iranian nation toppled the US-backed Pahlavi regime 34 years ago, ending 2,500 years of monarchic rule in the country.
The Islamic Revolution, under the guidance of Imam Khomeini, established a new political system based on Islamic values and democracy.