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Recent Protests by People in UK 'Unprecedented': Lawmaker

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, August 9 (ICANA) – An Iranian lawmaker has described the ongoing protests of the people in UK 'unprecedented' in the history of popular protests in the country.
Tuesday, August 09, 2011 10:25:22 PM
Recent Protests by People in UK 'Unprecedented': Lawmaker

"Unsuitable economic conditions and lack of citizenship welfare are the main cause of the ongoing social unrests in UK," Darioush Qanbari told ICANA Tuesday.

"The scope of violence is getting wider and the people's anger is due to unemployment and bad economic condition," the lawmaker said.

Commenting on a comparison drawn by an eyewitness of the London unrests to World War II, the MP said: "It seems that what is happening in UK now cannot be compared in nature with the protests of recent years in other European countries."

He said the main difference was that the people had become more violent due to growing economic and social pressures.

The rioting that convulsed poorer sections of London over the weekend spread Monday and early Tuesday to at least eight new districts in the metropolitan area and broke out for the first time in Britain's second-largest city, Birmingham, in what was developing into the worst outbreak of social unrest in Britain in 25 years.

Unrest was also reported by the police in several other cities, including Liverpool, Nottingham and Bristol, as well as in three towns in the county of Kent, Southeast of the capital. An enormous fire consumed a large warehouse in the Enfield section of London after a similar blaze ripped through a furniture store in Croydon.

In related news, an Iranian Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy subcommittee has urged the UK to immediately stop violent treatment of people protesting the killing of Mark Duggan, a black Briton.

Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast also called on the British police to exercise restraint against protesters.

Mehmanparast asked the British government to start dialogue with the protesters and to listen to their demands in order to calm the situation down.

He also asked independent human rights organizations to investigate the killing in order to protect the civil rights and civil liberties.

The unrest began on Saturday when a few hundred people gathered outside a police station in Tottenham to protest against the fatal shooting of Duggan on Thursday.

The protesters also set a bus and buildings on fire on High Road and broke many shop windows.

Turmoil is now threatening to sweep across Britain as the mayhem and looting has also spread to the central city of Birmingham, the western city of Bristol, the northwestern city of Liverpool, and south London neighborhood of Brixton.

Police said they have arrested more than 200 people since the unrest began.

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