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Hundreds of thousands at pro-government rallies in Iran

<p>Government supporters hold a green flag (C) with the name of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in a protest against opposition demonstrations during Ashura in Tehran December 30, 2009. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl</p>

Government supporters hold a green flag (C) with the name of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in a protest against opposition demonstrations during Ashura in Tehran December 30, 2009. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl

Government supporters hold a green flag (C) with the name of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in a protest against opposition demonstrations during Ashura in Tehran December 30, 2009. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl

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<p>A supporter of the government flashes a victory sign in front of pictures of Iran's Late Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (C) during a protest against opposition demonstrations during Ashura, in Tehran December 30, 2009. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl</p>

A supporter of the government flashes a victory sign in front of pictures of Iran's Late Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (C) during a protest against opposition demonstrations during Ashura, in Tehran...more

A supporter of the government flashes a victory sign in front of pictures of Iran's Late Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (C) during a protest against opposition demonstrations during Ashura, in Tehran December 30, 2009. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl

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<p>Supporters of the government protest against opposition demonstrations during the holy day of Ashura in Tehran December, 30 2009. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi</p>

Supporters of the government protest against opposition demonstrations during the holy day of Ashura in Tehran December, 30 2009. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi

Supporters of the government protest against opposition demonstrations during the holy day of Ashura in Tehran December, 30 2009. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi

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<p>Supporters of government protest against opposition demonstration during holy day of Ashura, in Tehran December 30, 2009. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi</p>

Supporters of government protest against opposition demonstration during holy day of Ashura, in Tehran December 30, 2009. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi

Supporters of government protest against opposition demonstration during holy day of Ashura, in Tehran December 30, 2009. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi

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<p>A demonstrator holds a picture of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as government supporters protest against opposition demonstrations during the holy day of Ashura, in Tehran December, 30 2009. REUTERS/Caren Firouz</p>

A demonstrator holds a picture of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as government supporters protest against opposition demonstrations during the holy day of Ashura, in Tehran December, 30 2009. REUTERS/Caren Firouz

A demonstrator holds a picture of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as government supporters protest against opposition demonstrations during the holy day of Ashura, in Tehran December, 30 2009. REUTERS/Caren Firouz

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<p>A young boy holds a poster with pictures of Iran's Late Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini (R) and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei during a protest by supporters of government against opposition demonstration during holy day of Ashura in Tehran December, 30 2009. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl</p>

A young boy holds a poster with pictures of Iran's Late Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini (R) and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei during a protest by supporters of government against opposition demonstration during holy day of Ashura in Tehran...more

A young boy holds a poster with pictures of Iran's Late Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini (R) and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei during a protest by supporters of government against opposition demonstration during holy day of Ashura in Tehran December, 30 2009. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl

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<p>Supporters of government protest against opposition demonstration during holy day of Ashura, in Tehran December 30, 2009. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi</p>

Supporters of government protest against opposition demonstration during holy day of Ashura, in Tehran December 30, 2009. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi

Supporters of government protest against opposition demonstration during holy day of Ashura, in Tehran December 30, 2009. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi

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<p>A government supporter, wearing a symbolic religious headband, takes part in a protest against opposition demonstrations during holy day of Ashura in Tehran December, 30 2009. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl</p>

A government supporter, wearing a symbolic religious headband, takes part in a protest against opposition demonstrations during holy day of Ashura in Tehran December, 30 2009. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl

A government supporter, wearing a symbolic religious headband, takes part in a protest against opposition demonstrations during holy day of Ashura in Tehran December, 30 2009. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl

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