Dec 30, 2018 08:37 UTC
  • Iranians mark 2009 rallies against foreign-backed 'sedition'

Iranians have taken to the streets to mark the anniversary of 2009 historic rallies, during which people renewed their allegiance to the Islamic establishment and put an end to foreign-orchestrated riots.

According to Press TV, on this day in 2009, millions of Iranians rallied in the capital Tehran and other cities to end the "sedition" which had been going on for months following presidential elections earlier that year.

People were especially incensed by the incidents that occurred days earlier in Tehran, where a group of rioters engaged in blaspheming Ashura, the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (PBUH), the third Shias’ Imam and grandson of Prophet Mohammad (Blessings of God upon him and his progeny).  

On Sunday, people from all walks of life took part in nationwide demonstrations to mark the “Dey 9 Fateful Epic” which refers to the mass rallies held on the ninth day of the Persian calendar month of Dey.

The unrest in 2009 was orchestrated by Mehdi Karroubi and Mir Hossein Musavi, two of the candidates who had lost the election, claiming that the results had been rigged. Both remain under house arrest on charges of provoking the public and harming the national security. 

Speaking on Sunday, Iran's Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani highlighted foreign meddling, especially by the US, in the 2009 post-election riots.

"The US interference was evident" from the attempts to use any political and security weaknesses inside Iran to damage the nation's interests, he said.

"It seems that America is still stuck in its deplorable delusion, vigorously pursuing sanctions against Iran with an anti-Iran propaganda machine, to the extent that it cannot help enunciating its empty wishes," he added.