Iranian Children Chant ‘Death to America’ at Revolution Day Rally

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A new video shows Iranians, some of them children, attending rallies to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution and repeating threats against the United States made by Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) provided translations of remarks made by Iranians attending the rally while speaking to Kerman TV. They included one young girl cheerfully chanting, "Death to America! Death to Israel! Death to England!" while being interviewed by a puppet.

One parent, asked why he's brought his child to a crowded rally, told the reporter that "we should always teach our kids ‘Death to America,' so that it flows in their very being."

Young Girl 1: We respond to the call of the Leader.
Little Girl 1: Death to America!
Young Girl 2: We stand behind our Leader and are willing to pay with our lives.

[…]

Reporter: You have brought your daughter. Why?
Father 1: I would like to tell the enemy that our children are ready. They are also soldiers for Iran.
Young Boy: Death to America … Trump would not dare do anything in our country.
Reporter: You brought your kid to the rally. There's a huge crowd. Isn't it difficult to come with the little one?
Father 2: Yes, it is, but she should learn this path and continue on it. We should always teach our kids "Death to America," so that it flows in their very being.

[…]

Puppet: What's your name?
Fatemeh: My name is Fatemeh.
Puppet: Dear Fatemeh, why did you come here today?
Fatemeh: I've come to chant slogans.
Puppet: What is happening here today? What day is it?
Fatemeh: Today is Bahman 22 (February 11).
Puppet: What happened on Bahman 22?
Fatemeh: Imam [Khomeini], Allah's mercy upon him, came to Iran.
Puppet: What else happened?
Fatameh: The Shah was defeated.
Puppet: And the Revolution won, right?
Fatemeh: Right.
Puppet: With whom did you come here today?
Fatemeh: With my family.
Puppet: Can you chant any slogans?
Fatemeh: Yes.
Puppet: So go ahead.
Fatemeh: Death to America! Death to Israel! Death to England!

To mark the occasion on Monday, President Donald Trump tweeted messages in English and Farsi: "40 years of corruption. 40 years of repression. 40 years of terror. The regime in Iran has produced only #40YearsofFailure. The long-suffering Iranian people deserve a much brighter future."

The administration has taken a strong stance against Iran, withdrawing from the Obama-era nuclear deal last year and vowing this week to cripple Iran's oil industry.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called Trump an "idiot" and proclaimed "unquestioning obedience to the supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei."