State Rallies In Iran Mark 1979 Islamic Revolution

Published February 11, 2012 8:00AM (EST)

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's state TV is showing tens of thousands of pro-government demonstrators rallying across the country to mark the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

A real-size model of the U.S. drone RQ-170 Sentinel, captured by Iran in December near the border with Afghanistan, is on display at the rally in Tehran's famous Azadi, or Freedom, square.

Iran has touted the drone's capture as one of its chief successes against the West. The TV report says the drone is a "symbol of power" of the Iranian armed forces "against the global arrogance" of the U.S.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is to address the Tehran demonstration on Saturday.

The 1979 revolution toppled Iran's pro-west monarchy and brought Islamic clerics to power.

(This version CORRECTS date to Saturday.)

By Salon Staff

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