Jan 24, 2020 06:40 UTC

An ally of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) party holds a large rally in the country’s administrative capital, raging against the United States’ deadly and aggressive attitude towards Iran and its destructive policies in the West Asia as a whole.

According to Press TV quoting the South African online news platform on Thursday, the demonstration was held by the South African Communist Party (SACP) outside the US Embassy in Pretoria. The SACP is in the Tripartite Alliance with the ANC.

The demo saw SACP’s members picketing outside the diplomatic mission as “a way of standing in solidarity with the Iranian people following the assassination of the most revered Military Commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani.”

The US assassinated Lt. General Soleimani as he was on an official visit to Baghdad alongside senior Iraqi anti-terror Commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and some others in a set of drone strikes that targeted their vehicle in the Iraqi capital on January 3.

During his lifetime, Lt. General Soleimani became reputed as West Asia’s most venerable, decisive, and effective counter-terrorism commander due to his indispensable contribution to the defeat of the most brutal of the terror groups to ever take on the region, including the Daesh Takfiri outfit.

The assassination had been directly ordered by US President Donald Trump, who is waging a campaign of “maximum pressure” against the Islamic Republic. As part of the campaign, the US left a historic nuclear deal with Iran and the 5+1 group in 2018, reinstated its nuclear-related sanctions against Tehran, and began forcing others to succumb to the American bans.

Speaking with the media, the deputy Secretary General of the SACP, Solly Mapaila, confirmed during the rally that the demonstration was the party’s way of sending “a stern message” to Trump about his recent decisions regarding Iran.

“We are picketing here to protest against the US aggression in West Asia, particularly against Iran. [Extraterritorial jurisdiction] killings, violation of international law — as you know, for instance, the assassination of Lt. General Qassem Soleimani, who was martyred by US instruments,” he said.

The protesters held up pictures of Lt. General Soleimani, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, and the late Founder of the Islamic Republic, Imam Khomeini (God’s mercy upon him), IRNA reported.