Huge rally and protests mark Iran revolution

Pro-government Iranian demonstrators attend a rally at the Azadi (freedom) Sq. in Tehran, Iran, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010, commemorating the 31st anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution that toppled the US-backed late Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. Azadi (freedom) monument tower is seen at left. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi) (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

February 11, 2010 7:33:27 AM PST
Hundreds of thousands of Iranians massed Thursday in central Tehran to mark the anniversary of the revolution that created the country's Islamic republic, while a heavy security force fanned out across the city and moved quickly to snuff out opposition counterprotests.