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03 Jun 2019 | 02:55 AM UTC

Iran: Iranians commemorate Ayatollah Khomeini June 4

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Iran commemorates Ayatollah Khomeini on June 4; large crowds, heightened security, flight disruptions expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 6/3/2019, 12:00 AM until 6/7/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Tehran). COUNTRY/REGION Iran, Tehran, Mehrabad International Airport (THR), Imam Khomeinie International Airport (IKA)


Iran will commemorate the death of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran in 1979, on Tuesday, June 4, with large demonstrations, speeches, and military parades. The date, which is a public holiday, is typically commemorated with a speech by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei at the Mausoleum of Ruhollah Khomeini near Tehran along with military parades. An estimated 90,000 people are expected to attend the event at the Mausoleum. Flight disruptions are expected at Tehran's Mehrabad International Airport (THR) and Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKA), which will close from 16:30 to 21:00 (local time), according to Iran's civil aviation authority. Heightened security measures are expected at all commemoration events, airports, and other significant venues.

The date also corresponds with Eid al-Fitr, which celebrates the end of Ramadan and is expected to be observed on Wednesday, June 5. Significant government services and commercial disruptions are expected through the week, along with transportation disruptions and increased demand for lodging across the country.


Individuals in Iran, particularly near Tehran, are advised to avoid all public demonstrations as a precaution, adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities and their home government, respect local customs and refrain from discussing political subjects in public or on social media, and anticipate a heightened security presence, crowded conditions, transportation, government service, and commercial disruptions, and increased demand for lodging.


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