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'Death to America' - Thousands celebrate Islamic Revolution by burning American flags and shouting Anti-America slurs

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By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)
2/10/2017 (2 years ago)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)

Protestors came together to trample American and Araeli flags in honor of the Islamic Revolution.

In 1979, Iran underwent an unusual revolution, which resulted in the rise of anti-American Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

A cutout of U.S. President Donald Trump was lynched at Iran's Revolution anniversary rally (Sobhan Hassanvand/Twitter).

A cutout of U.S. President Donald Trump was lynched at Iran's Revolution anniversary rally (Sobhan Hassanvand/Twitter).

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By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)
2/10/2017 (2 years ago)

Published in Middle East

Keywords: Donald Trump, U.S., Israel, Iran, Islamic Revolution


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Khomeini referred to the U.S. as the "Great Satan" and made U.S.-Iranian relations considerably worse by taking 52 American diplomats hostage for 444 days.

A failed rescue attempt called Operation Eagle Claw resulted in an aborted mission and 8 U.S. military deaths. Finally, a treaty was signed and the hostages were released.


Prior to the revolution, the United States was Iran's greatest economic and military power. Following the Islamic Revolution, the United States pulled back, leaving Iran to figure itself out.

The result?

Iran hates the United States. Khomeini still has a powerful voice in the country and he never fails to speak against America or its Presidents.

During the Islamic Revolution celebration, many rallied to attack The United States and it's greatest ally in the region - Israel.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini tells his country to hate America.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini tells his country to hate America.


Large U.S. and Israeli flags were placed on the streets as thousands trampled them. Current and former U.S. President cutouts were littered across the road for the horde to step on as they marched.

Others carried banners attacking U.S. President Donald Trump with messages such as, "Thanks Mr. Trump for showing the real face of America."

The protest came, in part, as a response to Khamenei's message Tuesday reading: "[Trump] says 'you should be afraid of me.' No! The Iranian people will respond to his words on February 10 and will show their stance against such threats."

New sanctions on Iran's ballistic missile program was also fuel for the anti-America fire. Iran was placed "on notice" over their missile test and the United States imposed new sanctions on over 25 Iranian companies and people.

Iran's president, Hassan Rouhani, called Iranians to "show their unbreakable ties with the Supreme Leader and the Islamic Republic."


He added: "Some inexperienced figures in the region and America are threatening Iran...They should know what the language of threats has never worked with Iran. They should learn to respect Iran and Iranians...We will strongly confront any warmongering policies."

In response to Iranian unrest, last weekend new Pentagon chief James Mattis simply described the country as "the single biggest state sponsor of terrorism in the world." Whether the comments will continue remains to be seen.

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