Iran MPs call for `maximum punishment` of protesters

Last Updated: Tuesday, December 29, 2009 - 16:23

Tehran: Iranian MPs called for the "maximum
punishment" of opposition demonstrators on Tuesday after violent
protests erupted during a Shiite religious commemoration and
eight people were killed.

The conservative-dominated parliament condemned
"disgusting comments" by Western governments about Sunday`s
unrest and accused the protesters of being "anti-religion" and
"counter-revolutionaries."

"Parliament wants the judiciary and intelligence bodies
to arrest those who insult religion and impose the maximum
punishment on them without reservation," said the statement
read out by parliament speaker Ali Larijani on television.

But the MPs appeared to be softer on opposition leaders,
who reject President Mahmoud Ahmadienjad`s June re-election as
fraudulent, and urged them to distance themselves from the
protests.

"We expect these gentlemen who had complaints in the
election to wake up and clearly separate their path from this
wicked movement, not to come out and issue statements again
and make the air dustier."

The MPs hit out at US President Barack Obama over his
"statement in favour of this group which committed
anti-religion acts on Ashura" and said it was reminiscent of
his predecessor George W Bush.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, December 29, 2009 - 16:23

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