Iran's president is seizing upon the violent and destructive London riots to take some jabs at the U.K. In a move that is likely rooted more in payback over England's support of past Iranian protests, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is urging the U.N. Security Council to take action over the rioting in Britain.
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Ahmadinejad was also quoted by state radio on Wednesday calling on Britain's government to listen to the demands of their people. He was heard on the radio asking: "What else should happen for the Security Council to react?"
His comments appear to be direct jabs at the country, which supported Iran's opposition during post-election turmoil in 2009 (also known as the
The Iranian revolt was characterized by human rights violations, as it left scores wounded, while hundreds more were carted off to prison. The Guardian writes:
Iran has called on the British government to "restrain" the police and stop the "violent treatment" of rioters.
The foreign ministry spokesman, Ramin Mehmanparast, said dialogue would calm the situation, and urged the UK to respond to the demands of the "protesters". He also asked human rights organisations to investigate the death of Mark Duggan, which led to the riots.
The Guardian also reports that Iranian media with close ties to the government are also reporting that England's violence and turmoil is the result of "social unrest."
This unrest, they contend, is rooted primarily in poor living conditions and police mistreatment of those on the lower rungs of the economic strata.
While the Iranian government seeks to exploit the situation for its own political gain, Egyptians are mesmerized. CNN reports on their reactions to the British unrest following their own revolution earlier this year. Here's just a snippet of perspective:
Noor Noor, an Egyptian activist and son of presidential candidate Ayman Noor reflected on events Tuesday, saying: "Politically speaking, marginalized people and injustice is everywhere and when it happens in more developed countries like England, people are more likely to react more violently to injustice.
He added: "I hear people flirting with the word revolution in London but this is premature. The January 25 revolution started with certain demands that later resulted into controlled aggression. London started with aggression.
As The Blaze has reported extensively, over the past days, overnight rioting has gripped the British capital and looting has been rampant in other cities. The unrest began Saturday after an initially peaceful protest over a police shooting in a London neighborhood turned violent. Thus far, the damage has been widespread, opening an opportunity for Iran to criticize one of its Western opponents.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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