INTERNATIONAL

Tens Of Thousands Gather For Pro-regime Rallies: State TV

Tens of thousands gathered in cities across Iran in a massive show of support for the regime after days of deadly unrest.

Crowds chanted "leader, we are ready" as state television showed vast numbers marching through the cities of Ahvaz, Kermanshah, Gorgan and Elsewhere.

The crowds waved Iranian flags and pictures of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, as well as placards reading "death to seditionists".

The rallies followed several days of unrest -- initially sparked by protests over economic problems but quickly turning against the regime as a whole -- in which 21 people lost their lives and hundreds were arrested.

Khamenei blamed foreign "enemies" for the demonstrations in a speech yesterday.