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|Massive show of Iranian Difiance to the US.|
|02/11/02 at 11:58:26|
|From BBC News: |
Tens of thousands of Iranians have taken to the streets in Tehran in a massive show of defiance against the United States, marking the anniversary of the Iranian revolution. Leaders across the political spectrum had called on people to turn out and demonstrate their opposition to the US following President George Bush's denunciation of Iran as part of an "axis of evil".
Khatami described US leaders as 'immature'President Mohammad Khatami called on US leaders to "wake up and change your policy on Iran".
"The best way of fighting the pressures and threats of immature leaders is your presence here," said the reformist Mr Khatami in a traditional speech given on the huge Azadi (Freedom) Square in the west of the city.
Men, women and children marched through Tehran shouting: "Our people are awake, and hate America", and other slogans against the US and Israel. Many people said they had come to show their anger at the American threat and their determination to defend their homeland should it be attacked.
This year, despite insults, the Iranian nation has commemorated the anniversary of its Islaamic Revolution in a greater scale than ever before
But BBC Tehran correspondent Jim Muir says it was a good natured occasion with fresh early spring sunshine adding to the holiday atmosphere.
A gold coin was offered as the prize for the best of the effigies that were paraded and then burnt at the rally, and there were some innovative slogans in English such as "Bush is Dracula".
Iran's green, white and red flags and portraits of the country's leaders decorated the capital's main thoroughfare, Enghelab (Revolution) Avenue, and an immense flag was draped over the imposing monument in the middle of Azadi Square.
George W Bush and Uncle Sam were popular effigy choices In recent years the anniversary rally has become something of an occasion for a generally conservative audience to register their continuing commitment to a revolution which has lasted for 23 years now.
This time there is revitalised interest because of the high state of tension with the United States, and a greater feeling of Loyalty to Islaam than ever before. "This year, despite insults to the great Iranian nation and the trumped up charges against it, the Iranian nation has commemorated the anniversary of its revolt in a greater scale than before," Mr Khatami said.
He seemed to suggest that the US had brought the 11 September attacks upon itself.
"The American people have every right to ask their leaders how long should they pay the price for their faulty policies," he said.
"What policies and what reasons caused the 11 September attacks?" he asked
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