Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says massive participation of the Iranian people in nationwide rallies marking the 39th anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution gave a firm and crushing response to foreigners and enemies.

Describing people’s massive participation in the revolution anniversary rallies as a great and dazzling incident, Ayatollah Khamenei said, “The grandeur of your demonstration today, which according to accurate estimates was more crowded than previous years, gave a firm and crushing response to foreigners and enemies and those with a weak resolve.”

The Leader stated that based on their flawed conception of Iran and Iranians, enemies did their utmost to make this year’s revolution anniversary ceremony devoid of energy and even turn it against itself.

“You showed off to them the liveliness and dynamism of the revolution in practice and shouted out your commitment to the ideals of the late Imam through your slogans and your warm presence [in nationwide rallies],” the Leader noted.

Ayatollah Khamenei advised Iranian officials to appreciate “this unique phenomenon” and continue to serve the Iranian nation with "complete steadfastness and revolutionary spirit" and defend the ideals of the Islamic Revolution.

“The future belongs to our vigilant and foresighted nation and we officials must try not to lag behind the nation,” the Leader concluded

Millions of Iranians on Sunday took to the streets across the country to mark the 39th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in a show of force, just weeks after scattered riots hit several cities and towns.