Iran leads MidEast condemnation of "savage" Britain

Wed Aug 10, 2011 12:42pm GMT
 

A member of Iran's parliament, Hossein Ebrahimi, told the semi-official Fars news agency on Tuesday that Britain should alow a delegation of human rights monitors to investigate the situation in its troubled cities.

In Iran's ally Syria, where Britain's foreign ministry has said President Bashar al-Assad has lost legitimacy by killing demonstrators, state-run television repeatedly showed footage of a policeman chasing and knocking a man down.

A breaking news caption read: "Cameron: 'We face a problem confronting the gangs in Britain'".

"CAMERON MUST GO"

Syrian authorities say they are combating armed "terrorist groups", blaming them for the deaths of 500 soldiers and police and saying they are also responsible for the civilian deaths. Rights groups say 1,600 people have been killed in the crackdown.

In Libya, where Britain is involved in a military campaign against Gaddafi after his forces turned on an anti-government movement earlier this year, a government spokesman said Cameron should step down.

"Cameron has lost his legitimacy and must go... after the massive popular protests that reject him and his government, especially after the violent police repression unleashed by his government against peaceful protesters... to force the British people to accept a government it rejects," Khalid Ka'im, a foreign ministry spokesman, told the official Jana new agency.

"The international community (should) not stand with arms folded in the face of this gross aggression against the rights of the British people, who are demanding their right to rule their country," he was quoted as saying. (Reporting by Mitra Amiri in Tehran, Dominic Evans in Beirut, Souhail Karam in Rabat,; Writing by Robin Pomeroy; Editing by Gareth Jones)

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