The Leader of Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Imam Seyyed Ali Khamenei has called on Iranians to preserve their “revolutionary spirit” with which they drove the enemies out of the country some 38 years ago.
Imam Khamenei addressed more than one million mourners in southern Tehran on Friday to mark the 27th anniversary of the passing away of Imam Khomeini who ended a pro-Western monarchy in Iran in 1979.
“We have many small and big enemies, but foremost among them are America and this very evil Britain,” Imam Ali Khamenei said.
The Leader of Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Imam Seyyed Ali Khamenei touched on the history of US hostility with Iran, including its support for Saddam Hussein in the war on the Islamic Republic, US downing of an Iranian passenger plane, its attack on Iranian oil platforms and a CIA coup in Iran.
“Any individual or current which is working for Islam, if they trust America, they will be slapped in the face,” Imam Khamenei said.
Imam described the Islamic Revolution, spearheaded by the late Imam Khomeini, as the “outstanding and unique capital” of the Iranian nation, warning against any deviation from the true path.
“Wherever our movement was revolutionary, we succeeded but when we ignored (the revolution), we fell behind. If you change the course, Islam and the revolution will be slapped in the face.”
Imam Ali Khamenei said the enemies have never given up their hostility toward the Iranian nation.
The Supreme Leader criticized the global economic system, saying it is controlled mostly by Zionist elements.
Sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic under the pretext of its nuclear program were actually aimed at crippling the Iranian nation and its economy, he said.
The “economy of resistance” is the only way for the Iranian nation to achieve economic independence, said Ayatollah Khamenei, calling on state officials to take domestic capabilities into account.
Millions of Iranians are taking part in ceremonies across the nation to mark the anniversary.
Travelling from across the country, huge numbers of mourners have converged on the mausoleum of Imam Khomeini in southern Tehran to pay their tributes.
Ali Ansari, an official in charge of organizing the ceremony at Imam Khomeini’s mausoleum, estimated that some 1.3 million people have gathered at the complex.
The Islamic Revolution of 1979, led by Imam Khomeini, forced out the enemies and became a source of inspiration for other nations, the Leader said.
The Leader of Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Imam Seyyed Ali Khamenei added that Imam Khomeini believed in God and the people, and considered himself a servant of Allah.
The Islamic Revolution took the Iranian nation out of the quagmire of dependence on foreigners, corruption and international humiliation, Ayatollah Khamenei added.
The Leader called on state officials, activists and the entire nation to preserve the revolutionary spirit.
“All Iranians must remain revolutionary because the revolution belongs to the entire nation. It should not be confined to certain groups,” the Leader said.
The Leader of Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Imam Seyyed Ali Khamenei called for commitment to the basic principles and ideals of the Islamic Revolution, saying the nation must adhere to its independence from foreigners in all areas and stay vigilant in the face of the enemy’s schemes.
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