Iran supreme leader lauds state rally

Pro-government Iranian demonstrators stand behind posters showing late revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini, right in each poster, and supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, at left in posters, during a rally commemorating the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, at the Azadi (Freedom) Sq. in Tehran, Iran, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010. Authorities banned foreign media in Iran from covering the pro-reform protests, while allowing them to cover the official anniversary ceremonies, including Ahmadinejad's speech, but there is a ban on covering opposition protests. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

February 12, 2010 6:15:05 AM PST
Iran's supreme leader praised the mass turnout at the government-backed rally marking the 1979 Islamic Revolution and warned the West to stop putting obstacles in his country's path, state Press TV reported Friday.