SAEED KAMALI DEHGHAN
IRAN’S VIEW: HAVING ALREADY offered to send an expert team to investigate human rights abuses in Britain, the Iranian regime has gone one step further and called on the UN security council to intervene over the government’s handling of the unrest rocking the UK.
Speaking to reporters after a cabinet meeting yesterday, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad condemned the British government for its “violent suppression” of the protesters and called for an end to what he described as the “killing and brutal beating” of “the opposition” angry with the government’s financial policies.
“The real opposition are the people who are beaten up and killed on the streets of London, those whose voices are not heard by anyone,” Iran’s Irna state news agency quoted Ahmadinejad as saying.
And the foreign ministry issued a statement advising against any unnecessary travel to the UK.
On Tuesday night, conservative websites sympathetic to the Islamic regime called on the Iranian government to offer refuge in its embassy in London to “UK protesters in need of protection”.
In the aftermath of Iran’s disputed presidential election in 2009, some European embassies in Tehran opened their doors to opposition protesters.
Iranian officials infuriated by the UK’s condemnation of Iran’s human rights violations in recent years have found a unique opportunity with recent events to get back at the British government by criticising the police force for “exercising violence”.
The Iranian opposition, on the other hand, has accused the regime of hypocrisy and opportunism in “deliberately portraying rioting and looting as political protests”.
Ahmadinejad criticised the UN security council for remaining silent over the riots in Britain. “What else should happen for the security council to react and condemn one of its own members?”
Ahmadinejad said British officials should stop meddling in other people’s affairs and instead worry about their own. “Instead of interfering in others’ affairs in Afghanistan, Iraq and attacking Libya, they should deal with their own people.”
Meanwhile, Iranian officials unveiled a book entitled UK’s Role in the 2009 Crisis , which examines what the Iranian regime says was the role of the UK government in orchestrating protests in the aftermath of Iran’s presidential election, the semi-official Ibna news agency reported.
– ( Guardian service)