Khamenei lauds state rally, warns West against interfering

February 12, 2010 10:17

TEHERAN, Iran  — Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei praised the massive turnout at the government-backed rally marking the 1979 Islamic Revolution on Thursday and warned the West to stop putting obstacles in his country's path.

State Press TV reported on Friday that Khamenei thanked the "tens of millions" who showed up on the anniversary. The gathering reflected the nation's strength and that it's time for "foreign enemies to wake up and abandon futile efforts to subjugate" Iran, Khamenei said.

The statement was posted on Khamenei's Web site late Thursday, hours after the state-organized rally dwarfed opposition gatherings across Teheran.

Police clashed with anti-government protesters in several locations, firing tear gas to disperse them and paintballs to mark them for arrest.

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