UK POLICE OFFICERS in riot gear 311.
(photo credit: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters)
TEHRAN - Some 200 students held a demonstration outside the British embassy in Tehran on Sunday to protest at what President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called the "savage" police treatment of people involved in street unrest in London last week.
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Watched by around 50 riot police, some students threw eggs towards the embassy compound and at the end of the protest they held up masks of Mark Duggan, the man whose shooting by police sparked the protests and riots in Britain.
Some protesters carried anti-British placards. One read: "London 2011, Tehran 1979, throw off your shah!" a reference to Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution which overthrew a Western-backed king.
For many years Iran has been on the receiving end of criticism from Western countries over its human rights record, especially the crushing of demonstrations after the re-election of Ahmadinejad in June 2009.
Iranian politicians have called on the United Nations to condemn
Britain. The leader of the Basij militia, which battled anti-Ahmadinejad
protesters in 2009, offered to send his forces to London, Liverpool and
Birmingham "to act as a peacekeeping force and a buffer between
repressive forces of the royal regime and the British people".
Alamdari, a 26-year-old engineering student at the protest, told
Reuters TV: "People around the world don't link the issues of Great
Britain to looting by rioters. The problem is that the people of that
country have demands and certain rights, and are calling on their
government to rectify their political and economic issues."
top diplomat in Tehran has told the government she would be happy to
discuss events in Britain and encouraged Iran to allow a UN human rights
rapporteur for Iran to be allowed into the country to look into its
crackdown on the opposition and frequent use of the death penalty.Other countries
long used to Western criticism of their human rights records are
relishing Britain's embarrassment over the unrest on its streets.