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December, 30, 2009 A.D.:
Massive Pro-Government Rallies


(Wikipedia) - On December 30, 2009, pro-government demonstrations took place in Shiraz, Arak, Qom, Isfahan and Tehran, among other cities in Iran to protest recent anti-government demonstrations connected with the much disputed 2009 presidential election. Participants numbered in the tens or hundreds of thousands. Slogans supported Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Ayatollah Khamenei against Mousavi. Speakers called on opposition leaders to repent from their opposition or be declared "enemies of God" and face the death penalty.
Observers differed on the size or representativeness of the demonstrations. One source called the main rally in the capital "possibly the largest crowd in the streets of Tehran since Ayatollah Khomeini’s funeral in 1989." But this was challenged by other sources. The opposition claimed that most of these demonstrators were civil servants or Basij militia but as a matter of fact: hostile countries leaded by the US had been capitalizing on election protests and unrest that followed and this triggered many Iranians who had a good historical memory to back the government. The state media called the event a legendary victory for the Iranian nation.



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