Ayatollah Khomeini marked the first anniversary of Iran's Islamic Revolution on Monday (11 February) with a call to all oppressed peoples to follow Iran's example in rising and kicking out the superpowers.
GV Massed crowds in the rain watching as troops on parade march past (3 shots)
GV Troops in camouflage dress with fixed bayonets pass at quick march (2 shots)
GV Troops march through crowds with smoke rising
GV PAN Massed crowds in front of reviewing stand listening to Ayatollah Khomeini's son Hojatoleslam Ahmad speaking
GV Ayatollah speaking as crowds jostle, with smoke still rising as they listen (2 shots)
GTV PAN Massed crowds TO Smoke in front of stand
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Background: Ayatollah Khomeini marked the first anniversary of Iran's Islamic Revolution on Monday (11 February) with a call to all oppressed peoples to follow Iran's example in rising and kicking out the superpowers. The message was read to a crowd of more than a million people in Liberty Square by the Ayatollah's son Hojatoleslam Ahmad. A stand collapsed at the victory parade as the crowds surged forward to cheer President Abolhassan bani-Sadr, Ahmad Khomeini and Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) chief Yasser Arafat, an honoured guest.
SYNOPSIS: Teheran's vast Azadi (Liberty) Square was so jammed with people that the tanks and heavy military vehicles failed to get within a mile (1.5 Km) of it. Ambulances also had great difficulty in getting through the crush to collect the injured from the collapsed stand.
So the crowd had to be content with military combat troops and Revolutionary Guards at quick march during the parade. Thousands of people braved the heavy rain to watch the display and umbrellas and traditional black chadors spread like a sea across the square.
Ayatollah Khomeini's son Ahmad took the salute from the official podium before delivering his ailing father's address. The message from the revolutionary leader attacked the alleged ruthless expansionism of the United States and condemned the Soviet military intervention in neighbouring Afghanistan.
But he also said that once all ties of dependence on the United States had been broken, Iran might re-establish normal relations with Washington, similar to those in other countries. He did not refer to the hostage question.