Imam Khamenei: Iran turned Gen. Soleimani’s martyrdom into opportunity

2022-01-09 11:16:06
Imam Khamenei: Iran turned Gen. Soleimani’s martyrdom into opportunity

Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Imam Ali Khamenei, says the Iranian people turned the martyrdom of legendary anti-terror commander Lt. Gen. Qassem Soleimani into an opportunity with their religious zeal.

In a speech on the anniversary of the popular uprising in the holy city of Qom against the former US-backed Pahlavi regime in 1978, Imam Khamenei said the enemies falsely thought the assassination of General Soleimani would extinguish Iran.

“The wrong calculations of the United States are still going on, and the example of this is the martyrdom of Martyr Soleimani,” the Leader said.

“They thought that by eliminating this martyr, the great movement of the Iranian nation would be extinguished, but we saw the great movement that took place this year on the second anniversary of his martyrdom.

“Who was behind it? It was the work and hand of divine power that created this great movement and expression of devotion," the Leader added.

Ayatollah Khamenei said the deep animosity of the United States with the Islamic Republic stems from the Iranian people’s religious beliefs.

The Leader is delivering a speech on the anniversary of the January 9, 1978 popular uprising in the holy city of Qom against the former US-backed Pahlavi regime.

Ayatollah Khamenei used to receive thousands of people from Qom to mark the anniversary of the event, but the Leader will instead make a live televised speech this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The January 9, 1978 uprising is seen as a very important historical juncture because it acted a precursor to more mass demonstrations in other cities across Iran, shaking the foundations of the despotic Pahlavi regime before finally toppling it in the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

The uprising was a reaction to the publication of an article titled “Iran and the Red and Black Colonialism” on the Persian-language Ettela’at daily, which had brazenly desecrated Imam Khomeini — the Islamic Revolution’s late leader and founder of the Islamic Republic.

Many analysts have referred to January 9 uprising as the Islamic Revolution’s starting point.

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