Iran leads MidEast condemnation of "savage" Britain

Wed Aug 10, 2011 12:42pm GMT
 

* Iran, Libya describe Britain's unrest as peaceful protest crushed by police

* Cameron has lost legitimacy, Libyan spokesman says

* Syrian TV also leading with British unrest

TEHRAN, Aug 10 (Reuters) - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called on Britain on Wednesday to curb its "savage" treatment of rioters and the Libyan government of Muammar Gaddafi said Prime Minister David Cameron had lost legitimacy and should go.

Television pictures of riot police battling to quell unprecedented unrest in cities across Britain have led news schedules in countries that London accuses of human rights abuses, giving their leaders the chance to hit back.

"What kind of country treats its own people like this? The ugliest treatment is the police's unacceptable attack on the people, who have no weapons in hand," Ahmadinejad told reporters after a cabinet meeting in Tehran.

Britain was in the forefront of Western countries that condemned Iran's crushing response to massive street demonstrations that followed Ahmadinejad's disputed re-election in June 2009, events Tehran described as anti-government riots stirred up by foreign enemies.

While Cameron has called the burning and looting in Britain "criminality, pure and simple", Ahmadinejad portrayed the events as peaceful protests brutally repressed by police.

"What kind of a treatment is this for the people who run out of patience because of poverty and discrimination? ... I advise them to correct their savage behaviour because this kind of savage treatment of people is absolutely not acceptable."   Continued...

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