Iran marks 39th anniversary of Irani revolution after deadly protests

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TEHRAN: Iranians are on the streets marking the 39th anniversary of the 1979 Iranian revolution, just weeks after anti-government protests rocked cities across the country.

Demonstrators in Tehran on Sunday chanted traditional slogans against the United States and Israel. Hundreds of thousands are converging on the city’s central Azadi Square, where President Hassan Rouhani later will address the crowds.

Hundreds of foreign guests, including scientific, political, and influential figures have travelled to Iran for the event, which is also a great opportunity for reporters.

More than 6,000 cameramen and journalists cover the massive rallies in Tehran and other cities.

Abroad, Iran has successfully helped push back the Islamic State group in Iraq and assisted embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad in regaining strategic ground in his country’s long war.

At home, however, the country’s economy still struggles despite its 2015 landmark nuclear deal with world powers.

In late December and early January, protests across the country began over the economy. They later changed into demonstrations directly challenging the government.