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
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.