An Iranian girl holds up a caricature of U.S. President Donald Trump during a rally marking the 39th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
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Hundreds of thousands of Iranians rallied on the streets Sunday to mark the 39th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, just weeks after anti-government protests rocked cities across the country.However, President Hassan Rouhani made a point to call for unity among Iran's people across its political spectrum, from hard-liners backing the theocratic government to reformists demanding change.The demonstrations initially focused on Iran's poor economy despite the nuclear deal, but quickly spiraled into chants directly challenging Iran's theocratic government.Some abroad have argued for a referendum to push for an overhaul of Iran's government.The accord allowed Iran to begin selling its crude oil again on the international market, but rising food prices have squeezed the average Iranian while salaries remain stagnant and unemployment high.A January survey by the Center for International and Security Studies at the University of Maryland and the Toronto-based firm IranPoll found that 58.4 percent of those interviewed said they found the country's economy was getting worse. Nearly 70 percent said they found Trump to be "completely hostile" toward Iran.
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