Huge pro-regime rallies in Iran as protests die down

Tens of thousands of regime backers have marched through cities across Iran in a show of support after a brutal clampdown on protesters left at least 21 dead.

Chants of 'Leader, we are ready' were heard as state television images showed huge crowds rallying in the cities of Ahvaz, Kermanshah, Gorgan and elsewhere. 

The demonstrators waved Iranian flags and pictures of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, as well as placards saying 'Death to seditionists'. 

'We offer the blood in our veins to our leader,' was another popular chant. 

Meanwhile, the administration has thrown the weight of the U.S. government behind anti-regime protests. 

Tens of thousands of regime backers have marched through cities across Iran in a show of support after a brutal clampdown on protesters left at least 21 dead. This was the scene in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz

Tens of thousands of regime backers have marched through cities across Iran in a show of support after a brutal clampdown on protesters left at least 21 dead. This was the scene in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz

Chants of 'Leader, we are ready' were heard as state television images showed huge crowds rallying in the cities of Ahvaz (pictured), Kermanshah, Gorgan and elsewhere

Chants of 'Leader, we are ready' were heard as state television images showed huge crowds rallying in the cities of Ahvaz (pictured), Kermanshah, Gorgan and elsewhere

The demonstrators waved Iranian flags and pictures of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, as well as placards saying 'Death to seditionists'

The demonstrators waved Iranian flags and pictures of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, as well as placards saying 'Death to seditionists'

The US President is rooting them on despite Tehran having blamed the U.S., Saudi Arabia and Britain for the protests.

He declared on Tuesday it was 'time for change' and praised demonstrators for 'finally acting against the brutal and corrupt Iranian regime.'

Washington has continued to exert pressure on the Islamic republic, with its UN ambassador Nikki Haley calling for emergency UN talks to discuss the situation.

'The people of Iran are crying out for freedom,' she said at a news conference. 'All freedom-loving people must stand with their cause.'

Iran's leaders have said the protests, which began over economic issues on December 28 but quickly turned more radical, were part of a foreign plot to destabilise the regime.

'The enemies have united and are using all their means, money, weapons, policies and security services to create problems for the Islamic regime,' Khamenei said.

'The enemy is always looking for an opportunity and any crevice to infiltrate and strike the Iranian nation.'

Iran's leaders have said the protests, which began over economic issues on December 28 but quickly turned more radical, were part of a foreign plot to destabilise the regime. Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a speech during his meeting with families of martyr's in Tehran yesterday

Iran's leaders have said the protests, which began over economic issues on December 28 but quickly turned more radical, were part of a foreign plot to destabilise the regime. Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a speech during his meeting with families of martyr's in Tehran yesterday

Protests in cities across Iran have left at least 21 dead in recent days while hundreds more have been arrested

Protests in cities across Iran have left at least 21 dead in recent days while hundreds more have been arrested

Even reformists, who backed the last major protest movement against alleged election-rigging in 2009,

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