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IRAN: In Tehran's Azadi Square, a missile rises, and the West is derided

February 11, 2010 |  8:20 am


Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Tehran on Thursday to participate in a state-organized rally commemorating the 31st anniversary of Iran's Islamic revolution.

The picture above shows large crowds waving Iranian flags and carrying twin portraits of Iranian revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and the country's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, at Tehran's Azadi Square, where missiles had been mounted for display.

In the picture below, after the jump, government supporters in costume march with make-believe coffins, celebrating the demise of the West and Israel.


The semi-official Iranian news agency Mehr has published a photo essay with many images from the events marking of the revolution anniversary, or 22 Bahman, in Tehran.

In the picture from Mehr, Chador-clad women are seen holding portraits of the supreme leader and waving Iranian flags at Azadi Square.


A giant Iranian flag was marched through Azadi Square on Thursday.


The Iranian Labor News Agency has also posted several photo essays of the rallies on its website.

-- Alexandra Sandels in Beirut

Photos: Tens of thousands of people gathered at a rally in Tehran to commemorate the 31st anniversary of Iran's Islamic revolution. Credits: Top two images: Farhad Rajabali / For the Times. Lower images: Mehr News Agency