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‘UK inept to bear non-political demand’

Posted by seumasach on December 28, 2010


28th December, 2010

A Senior Iranian lawmaker has reiterated that Britain’s failure to tolerate non-political protest rallies flies in the face of its claim of advocating human rights.
Chairman of Iran’s Majlis (parliament) Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy Alaeddin Boroujerdi made the remarks in reference to the violent suppression by British police of student protesters that rallied against government plans to cut state financing of university education and raising tuitions three fold.

The Iranian lawmaker urged the British government to reconsider its aggressive approach in dealing with student protesters, saying,” Britain cannot even tolerate non-political and union protests.”

Such conduct reflects the notion that countries like the US and UK only think about their own interests with no regard for public interest, Boroujerdi told IRNA on Monday.

“That’s why a selective approach dominates their policies and when dealing with issues such as human rights, terrorism and even drug smuggling, they follow this double-standard policy,” Boroujerdi stressed.

Massive student protest rallies, which even brought ordinary people to the streets, did not stop British officials from carrying through with their “reform” plans.

The student protests started in November and left more than 43 protesters injured and another 40 arrested.

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