Hawke's Bay Today

Iranians celebrate

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Waving Iranian flags, chanting “Death to America” and burning US and Israeli flags, hundreds of thousands of people poured out onto the streets across Iran, marking the date that’s considered victory day in the country’s 1979 Islamic Revolution. Forty years ago Iran’s military stood down after days of street battles, allowing the revolution­aries to sweep across the country while the government of US-backed Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi resigned and the Islamic Republic was born. In Tehran crowds streamed in from the capital’s far-flung neighbourh­oods to mass in the central Azadi, or Freedom, Square.

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