Islamic revolution anniversary
- Tehran’s downtown Enghelab, or Revolution Street, is decorated with huge balloons. Loudspeakers are blaring out revolutionary and nationalist songs to encourage people to join the rallies.
- This year’s anniversary come as tensions are rising with the U.S. and Iran is grappling with re-imposed U.S. sanctions.
- The Iranian Revolution was a series of events involving the overthrow of the monarch of Iran, Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi and replacing his government with an Islamic republic under the Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, a leader of one of the factions in the revolt.
- The movement against the United States-backed monarchy was supported by various leftist and Islamist organizations and student movements.