Iran hardliners demand expulsion of UK ambassador

December 12, 2010 19:21


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TEHERAN, Iran — Conservative Iranian lawmakers on Sunday demanded the explusion of the British ambassador after he criticized the country's human rights record.

A group of hardline students also held a protest rally in front of the British Embassy in Teheran, trampling and then setting the British flag on fire and denouncing the United Kingdom as "Iran's most evil enemy."

British Ambassador to Teheran Simon Gass angered Iranian authorities after he said in a comment posted on the embassy's website Thursday that lawyers, journalists and activists are nowhere under a greater threat than in Iran.

"Gass is a clear example of a persona non grata that must be expelled from Iran," the semi-official Fars news agency quoted hardline lawmaker Hossein Sobhaninia as saying Sunday.

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