A huge sea of mourners, streaming from all the adjoining streets, descended on the iconic Engelab (Revolution) Square in central Tehran early Monday morning for a march to Azadi Tower.
They carried portraits of the national hero whose assassination in a US airstrike at Baghdad portrait has generated an outpouring of anger and patriotism across Iran.
On Sunday, a large number of people attended a funeral procession in Iran’s southwestern city of Ahvaz for General Soleimani and others killed in the US airstrike in Baghdad.
General Soleimani, deputy head of Iraq’s Hashd al-Shaabi Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, and a number of their entourage were killed in a strike by American drones near Baghdad International Airport in the early hours of Friday.
The White House and the Pentagon confirmed the assassination of General Soleimani in Iraq, saying the attack was carried out at the direction of US President Donald Trump.
In a message on Friday, Ayatollah Khamenei offered condolences to the Iranian nation over the martyrdom of Major General Soleimani, and said harsh revenge awaits those who assassinated the top commander.
“Martyr Soleimani is an international figure of the Resistance, and all the devotees of Resistance are now his avengers,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.