PV International Desk : Thousands of pro-government demonstrators are attending rallies in Iran, after two days of anti-government protests, reports BBC.
State TV showed crowds of black-clad supporters in the capital, Tehran.
Dozens of people have been arrested during days of protests over corruption and living standards, which the vice president suggested were being organized by political opponents.
The US administration warned Iran that “the world was watching” its response.
Saturday’s official rallies were organized in advance of the anti-government protests, to mark the eighth anniversary of the suppression of major street protests.
In 2009, masses came out in favor of the then-president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in response to protests by reformists over a disputed election which returned him to power.
Meanwhile, the Iranian authorities are blaming anti-revolutionaries and agents of foreign powers for the protests.
They have promised that the protestors will be dealt with harshly, while admitting there is genuine and widespread discontent.