* Tens of thousands of pro-government supporters rally
Tens of thousands of government supporters rallied across Iran on Tuesday to call for the punishment of opposition leaders for fomenting unrest after June's disputed presidential poll, state media reported
Followed by this tidbit:Tens of thousands of people chanted "We are ready to sacrifice our lives for our Supreme Leader (Ayatollah Ali Khamenei)", state television reported, saying the nationwide demonstrations had taken place spontaneously
So let's be clear: Iran's state media, i.e., the propaganda arm of a ruthless totalitarian regime under threat from a popular revolt, claims that "tens of thousands" of people are rallying spontaneously in support of the government and Reuters -- which cannot verify the claim because its correspondents are banned from reporting on events within the country -- obliges the regime by broadcasting its propaganda far and wide.The scale of the pro-government demonstrations could not be independently verified because of restrictions on the foreign media's movements
From the same story:
Our guess is that the Revolutionary Guards offered Reuters a get-out-of-jail-free card.The powerful Revolutionary Guards on Tuesday issued a statement accusing the foreign media and enemies of the revolution of joining hands to harm Iran's establishment.