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TEHERAN, Iran — Conservative Iranian lawmakers on Sunday demanded the
expulsion of the British ambassador after he criticized the country's
human rights record.
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A group of hard line 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 hard line lawmaker
Hossein Sobhaninia as saying Sunday.
Alaeddin Boroujerdi, a prominent conservative legislator, said Gass
"must learn the ethics of being an ambassador." Another lawmaker, Kazem
Jalali, said the parliament will discuss scaling down relations with
Britain next week.
Hundreds of hardline students held a protest rally blaming Britain for
the assassination of a prominent Iranian nuclear scientist last month.
Lawmaker Hamid Rasaei called the British Embassy a "house of spies"
likening it to the former US Embassy in Teheran that was seized by
militant students in 1979 and dozens of hostages were held for over a
The students also carried photos of Majid Shahriari and Masoud Ali
Mohammadi, two slain nuclear scientists, one killed last month, the
other back in January.
"We hold you responsible for martyring Shahriani and Ali Mohammadi," Rasaei said, addressing Britain.