Hundreds of thousands of Iranians took to the streets of Tehran to mark the 40th anniversary of the Islamic revolution. But as support for the Islamic Republic appears to be strong, many people are not entirely happy with the situation.
People flooded Tehran's Freedom Square as they celebrated the 40th anniversary of the 1979 ousting of the monarchy. Anti-US sentiment was on show with some demonstrators chanting "death to America" and burning US flags.
Forty years after the Islamic Revolution, the regime in Iran appears to be firmly in the saddle, thanks to its effective use of violence and censorship, but it may not continue for long, says DW's Jamshid Barzegar.
Forty years ago, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini founded the Islamic Republic of Iran. There is little excitement left from those times; even pro-reform forces are exhausted, except for the women among them.
1979 was a significant year for the Middle East, and not only because of the Islamic Revolution in Iran. Elsewhere, political Islam was beginning to show its might. The consequences still shape the region today.
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