Iran calls for UN probe into policing of violent rampages
Published 11/08/2011 | 05:00
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took gleeful advantage of the riots that have convulsed Britain, decrying the UN and human rights groups for their "silence" on the police response and demanding that the Security Council take action against David Cameron's government.
"If 1pc of this happens in countries that oppose the West, [the UN and human rights bodies] scream until they are hoarse," Mr Ahmadinejad said.
His remarks came a day after the Iranian government-funded Press TV published a statement from a foreign ministry spokesman urging the British police to stop "the violent confrontation with the people".
Mr Ahmadinejad's comments were perhaps the most striking of another day on which the world's gaze was fixed on events in Britain.
Apparently motivated by Britain's support for pro-democracy demonstrators after government forces violently suppressed protests in Iran in 2009, his sentiments may strike international observers as ironic. According to members of the Iranian opposition movement, scores of protesters were killed by militiamen allied to the regime in Tehran.
The Iranian president, who insisted Mr Cameron is a hypocrite, added: "They should change their attitude, change their management, and deal with their own people instead of intervening in others' affairs."
Others were more circumspect in their remarks, with the Dalai Lama, during a speech in Delhi, saying that he had believed that Britain was a law-abiding, peaceful nation and that recent events made him feel "really sad". (© Independent News Service)