Iran accuses West of fomenting violent protests

Last Updated: Tuesday, December 29, 2009 - 16:19

Tehran (Iran): Iran is accusing Western countries of fomenting this week`s violent protests in the capital and says it is summoning Britain`s ambassador to file a complaint.
In Tehran on Tuesday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said the deadly clashes were the work of a tiny minority. He accused outside countries, including the U.S. and Britain, of "miscalculating" by siding with anti-government protesters. He did not directly address President Barack Obama`s praise of the reformist movement.
Iran has said as many as eight people were killed in Sunday`s clashes. There was no serious violence reported Tuesday, but opposition Web sites said several activists were arrested, including a prominent journalist and the sister of Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi.

Bureau Report



First Published: Tuesday, December 29, 2009 - 16:19

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