To commemorate the anniversary of Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution, hundreds of thousands of Iranians rallied across the country Friday chanting "Death to America" and carrying effigies of President Donald Trump.
The UK Daily Mail reports that huge crowds responded to a call from Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to show up in defiance of Trump putting the Islamic Republic "on notice" for its missile test on January 29. Iran also is one of seven Middle Eastern countries on Trump's current "travel ban" list.
President Hassan Rouhani also called on Iranians to join the rally on Friday to "show their unbreakable ties with the Supreme Leader and the Islamic Republic."
He joined hundreds of thousands at an anniversary march through the capital. State television reported that millions turned out nationwide at rallies in all the main cities. There was all the usual anti-US and anti-Israel slogans and the burning of American flags.
"This turnout is a response to false remarks by the new rulers in the White House and the people are telling the world through their presence that the Iranian people must be spoken to with respect," Rouhani said. "Iranians will make those using threatening language against this nation regret it. Anyone threatening Iran's government and armed forces should know that our nation is vigilant."
One young Iranian man told state TV: "America and Trump cannot do a damn thing. We are ready to sacrifice our lives for our leader Khamenei."