Hundreds of thousands in Tehran to commemorate 1979 anniversary
The capsule that was sent into space containing a live monkey in January is displayed during a rally in Tehran's Azadi Square (Freedom Square) to mark the 34th anniversary of the Islamic revolution. (AFP PHOTO / ATTA KENARE)
Hundreds of thousands of Iranians took to the streets of Tehran to commemorate the 34th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution on Sunday, Al Jazeera reported.
The crowd of primarily pro-government supporters, shouted "death to America", "death to Israel" and waved pictures of Ayatollah Khomeini as they celebrated the day that the U.S. backed Shah was deposed.
Those at the march made their way towards Freedom Square where the capsule that recently sent the live monkey into orbit was on display.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told the crowds that his nation was now a "nuclear state". He also hinted at the kind of impact that international sanctions were having on his country, saying the West was hampering reform.