Saturday, 18 November, 2017

Iran displays missiles in Quds Day rally

Andrew Cummings | 24 June, 2017, 01:34

Larijani, in a speech to Tehran demonstrators, called Israel the "mother of terrorism" and said that in the "20th century, there was no event more ominous than establishing the Zionist regime".

The president also pointed to an anti-Iran sanctions bill passed by the United States senate last week, saying the new officials in Washington have made wrong calculations if they think they could pressure Iran with congressional measures.

Protesters also burned the flag of militant group ISIS which claimed responsibility for attacks in Tehran this month.

The day is seen as the legacy of the late founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Imam Khomeini, who officially declared the last Friday of Ramadan as International Quds Day in 1979.

Hezbollah flags flew on the streets of London on Sunday as hundreds turned out for the annual Al Quds Day protest, as the demonstrators began marching down London's iconic Regent Street, they chanted "Free, free Palestine" and "from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free", referring to historic Palestine that now includes the state of Israel.

Authorities in Tehran also displayed three surface-to-surface ballistic missiles, including the Zolfaghar missile that Iran said it used this week against Islamic State targets in Syria.

As part of a joint plot, the US, Israel and regional reactionary regimes are supporting Takfiri terror groups, including Daesh, in an attempt to create a rift in the Muslim world and protect the regime in Israel, it added.

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One video showed Rouhani's security guards rushing him into his vehicle while others prevented protesters from approaching.

Iran's Foreign Ministry on Wednesday called on Muslims worldwide to hold massive Al-Quds Day rallies Friday to support Palestinians.

Other videos showed First Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri and outspoken MP Ali Motahari being heckled by angry protesters.

"The ugly action of a small group insulting the president can not damage national unity... and the strong support for Mr Rouhani", wrote Massoumeh Ebtekar, the president's deputy on environmental affairs. Al-Quds is the Arabic word for Jerusalem.

The rally also inaugurated a large digital countdown display at Tehran Palestine Square, showing that Israel will allegedly cease to exist in 8,411 days.

The figure of 8,411 days - or just over 23 years - on the panel is based on a speech which Khamenei gave almost two years ago predicting Israel would no longer exist by 2040.

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