The Islamic Republic marked the forty fourth anniversary of the Iranian revolution on Saturday with state-organized rallies, as anti-government hackers briefly interrupted a televised speech by President Ebrahim Raisi.

Raisi, whose hardline authorities faces one of the boldest challenges from younger protesters calling for its ouster, appealed to the “deceived youth” to repent to allow them to be pardoned by Iran’s supreme chief.

In that case, he informed a crowd congregated at Tehran’s expansive Azadi Sq.: “the Iranian people will embrace them with open arms”.

His dwell televised speech was interrupted on the web for a couple of minute, with a emblem showing on the display of a bunch of anti-Iranian authorities hackers that goes by the identify of “Edalate Ali (Justice of Ali).”

A voice shouted “Death to the Islamic Republic.”

Nationwide protests swept Iran following the demise in September of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini within the custody of the nation’s morality police.

Safety forces have responded with a lethal crackdown to the protests, among the many strongest challenges to the Islamic Republic because the 1979 revolution ended 2,500 years of monarchy.

As half of an amnesty marking the revolution’s anniversary, Iranian authorities on Friday launched jailed dissident Farhad Meysami, who had been on a starvation strike, and Iranian-French tutorial Fariba Adelkhah.

On Sunday, Supreme Chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei issued an amnesty overlaying a big quantity of prisoners, together with some arrested in latest anti-government protests.

Rights group HRANA mentioned dozens of political prisoners and protesters, together with a number of distinguished figures, had been freed underneath the amnesty however that the precise situations of their launch weren’t identified.

Rights activists have expressed concern on social media that many could have been pressured to signal pledges to not repeat their “offenses” earlier than being launched. The judiciary denied this on Friday.

HRANA mentioned that as of Friday, 528 protesters had been killed, together with 71 minors. It mentioned 70 authorities safety forces had additionally been killed. As many as 19,763 protesters are believed to have been arrested.

Iranian leaders and state media had for weeks appealed for a robust turnout at Saturday’s rallies as a present of solidarity and recognition in an obvious response to the protests.

On the anniversary’s eve Friday night time, state media confirmed fireworks as half of government-sponsored celebrations, and folks chanting “Allahu Akbar! (God is Greatest!).” Nevertheless, many could possibly be heard shouting “Death to the dictator!” and “Death to the Islamic Republic” on movies posted on social media.

The social media posts couldn’t be verified independently.

Authorities tv on Saturday aired dwell footage of the state rallies across the nation.

In Tehran, domestic-made anti-ballistic missiles, a drone, an anti-submarine cruiser, and different army gear have been on show as half of the celebrations.

“People have realized that the enemy’s problem is not woman, life, or freedom,” Raisi mentioned in a dwell televised speech at Tehran’s Azadi Sq., referring to the protesters’ signature slogan.

“Rather, they want to take our independence,” he mentioned.

His speech was often interrupted by chants of “Death to America” – a trademark slogan at state rallies. The gang additionally chanted “Death to Israel.”

Raisi accused the “enemies” of selling “the worst kind of vulgarity, which is homosexuality”.

Adelkhah, who had been in jail since 2019, was one of seven French nationals detained in Iran, an element that has worsened relations between Paris and Tehran in latest months.

She was sentenced in 2020 to 5 years in jail on nationwide safety expenses. She was moved to deal with arrest later however in January returned to jail. Adelkhah has denied the fees.

Meysami’s launch got here per week after supporters warned that he risked dying as a result of of his starvation strike. He was arrested in 2018 for protesting in opposition to the obligatory carrying of the hijab.

In asserting Adelkhah’s launch on Friday, the French overseas ministry known as that her freedoms be restored, “including returning to France if she wishes.”

“Legally, her file is considered completed, and legally there should be no problem to leave the country, but this issue has to be reviewed. So … it is not clear how long it will take,” mentioned her lawyer, Hojjat Kermani.