Tehran's streets filled on Tuesday with hundreds of thousands of Iranians who were rallying in recognition of the 35th anniversary of their Islamic revolution, but who also cheered the recent relaxation of sanctions forged with the international community.
Azadi Square was packed, as crowds gathered for a speech by President Hassan Rouhani, The Times of Israel reported. And while Mr. Rouhani has presented himself as a moderate who wants to work with the West, those in the crowd still railed against the "Great Satan" of the United States.
"We don't trust America," said one Islamic militia member, to Agence France-Presse. "All they want is to plunder our wealth. We are fine with enduring the hardships [of sanctions] because it will lead to the preservation of our rights."
The Islamic Revolution led to the ouster of the U.S.-backed shah, and also set the stage for Iran's isolation with the international community.
Recently reached deals with the world's top powers give Iran some relief from economic sanctions, in return for a six-month curb of nuclear development.
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