It has been the site of two of Iran's most epochal protest movements. In 1979, thousands of Iranians gathered in Azadi which means Freedom Square for numerous protests that eventually led to the overthrow of the Shah. Almost 30 years later, another generation of Iranians flooded the square, this time trying to start a revolution to throw out the once revolutionary regime, which has now become an entrenched theocratic autocracy. The Iranian government, whose President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was widely seen to have benefited from a rigged 2009 election, violently snuffed out the demonstrations. Since then, Azadi Square has played host to smaller antigovernment actions as well as gatherings of pro-government Iranians to commemorate the Iranian revolution.