Iran accuses West of fomenting violent protests
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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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