On the anniversary of the Popular Uprising of the
People of Tabriz, which took place on February 18, 1978, thousands of people
from the East Azerbaijan Province met with Ayatollah Khamenei— the Supreme
Leader of the Islamic Revolution— this morning, February 18, 2019.
In this meeting Ayatollah Imam Ali Khamenei expressed thanks and admirations for the Iranian nation for their massive participation in the rally held annually on February 11 [February 11] and asserted: My gratitude to the people as expressed in the statement is far less than what our nation deserves. The nation realized a great action on Bahman 22nd.
Ayatollah Imam Ali Khamenei made reference to a recent statement His Eminence had issued regarding the Second Phase of the Islamic Revolution and held: Toward the end of the statement, I thanked the people for their participation in the Bahman 22nd rally; however, this was the least I could offer to the people of Iran.
Ayatollah Imam Ali Khamenei made reference to a
recent statement His Eminence had issued regarding the Second Phase of the
Islamic Revolution and held: Toward the end of the statement, I thanked the
people for their participation in the Bahman 22nd rally; however, this was the
least I could offer to the people of Iran.
The Leader of the Revolution praised the massive turnout of the Iranian people on the anniversary of the Islamic Revolution and described it as an asset that repels enemies’ harms, adding: The Iranian nation manifested a great action on Bahman 22nd. According to the reports, nearly in all parts of the country, the number of the participants had risen [compared to previous years]. Of course, the enemies seek to disregard that millions of people took to the streets; yet they understand and everyone knows that a nation who is so actively present in the scene cannot be harmed by the enemy.
The Supreme Leader paid homage to the martyred IRGC members who lost their lives in a terrorist attack and praised the efforts by the corps in protecting the borders of the Islamic Republic; he said: May God’s peace be upon the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and all those who work to safeguard the country’s security. The martyrdom of the young members of the IRGC reminds us at what expense we are provided with security. Those who take advantage of the security and then bite the hands that feed them should be alerted.
He went on to criticize those who ignore the great sacrifice made by various organs of the government to provide security and stability to the nation and mentioned: Some individuals who benefit from the country’s security, advance their work in sports and other fields, yet, they bite the hands that feed them, should learn that this is the price and the manner in which security is provided. We should not forget how security is provided.
Ayatollah Imam Ali Khamenei prayed for the departed IRGC members and thanked the people who took part in the funeral: The February 11 rally—with such magnificence—was held in security. May God’s peace be upon them and upon the martyr-raising people of Isfahan [where the martyrs came from] who engaged in a magnificent funeral.
The Leader of the Islamic Revolution warned Iranian officials of Europe’s dishonest gestures and held: Do not be deceived by the enemy’s smile; the Europeans are plotting against us. I am not going to tell you what to do; but do not bring about troubles for the country in the name of working for it.