Hundreds protest France outside Teheran embassy

June 28, 2010 15:44
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Hundreds gathered outside the French embassy in Teheran on Monday, in protest of Iran's main exiled opposition group holding a rally in France, AFP reported.

"Shame on (President Nicolas) Sarkozy! Death to France! Shame on you, France, let go of the hypocrites!" chanted the crowd as police set up barricades outside the embassy in central Tehran, an AFP photographer said. The state news agency IRNA reported that the protestors carried banners denouncing the US and Israel.

Monday's demonstration was meant to protest a demonstration by the People's Mujahedeen of Iran (PMOI) that took place in France on Saturday, and was attended by tens of thousands of opponents of Iran's regime, as well as former US ambassador to the UN John Bolton and former prime minister of Spain Jose Maria Aznar.

AFP reported that the protest was organized by an Iranian association representing families of those allegedy killed in PMOI attacks. The organizers accused France of sheltering the group's members and demanded they be turned over to Iran.

The PMOI is a member of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), an umbrella organization of exiled Iranian opposition groups. The PMOI advocates the overthrow of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and also sided with Saddam Hussein's forces during the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s.

The group has also taken responsibility for several attacks inside Iran since the Islamic revolution of 1979.

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