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Iranians Mark Revolution Anniversary

February 11, 2007, RFE/RL -- Tens of thousands of Iranians took to the streets of Tehran today in an annual show of support for the Islamic revolution.

People were crowding into Tehran's Azadi ("Freedom") Square, where they heard a speech by President Mahmud Ahmadinejad.

Ahmadinejad commented during the speech on the conflict over Iran's nuclear program.

"We have said that we are ready for negotiations, but only under fair, equal conditions," he said. "Your [uranium enrichment] facilities are working day and night, [then you expect us] to stop [uranium enrichment] and keep begging for our own right at your office door? The Iranian nation will never accept such humiliation."

He also discussed possible economic sanctions against his country. "The weapon of sanctions belongs to an era of 30 years ago," he said. "You cannot use the threat of sanctions even against countries considerably weaker and smaller than Iran, let alone against the great nation of Iran."

Iran has refused to give in to international demands that it suspend uranium-enrichment activities, which the West fears could be used to make a nuclear bomb. Tehran insists its nuclear drive is aimed at generating energy.

Today's events are the culmination of celebrations marking the 28th anniversary of the fall of the U.S.-backed shah and the rise of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the leader of the revolution and founder of the Islamic Republic.

(IRNA, AFP, Reuters)

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