Tehran is a seething mass of people for the 31st anniversary of Iran’s Islamic Revolution. President Ahmedinejad has used the occasion to again underline Iran’s determination to forge ahead with its nuclear programme.
In his speech he claimed Iran has already produced a batch of uranium enriched to 20 percent, and that it is ready to enrich to much higher levels. He also promised a tripling of production in the near future.
The President also lashed out at Israel, warning that if it attacked Iran then the nation should be prepared to retaliate and, in his words, finish off Israel once and for all.
The government may be celebrating, but it is currently facing its most intense internal criticism since the 1979 revolution, when Ayatollah Khomeini returned from exile in France to seize power.
Ever since last June’s disputed re-election of Ahmedinejad, the opposition has used every significant date to protest and today is no exception.