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MP: UK Unrests Invalidate West's Human Rights Claims

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TEHRAN, August 14 (ICANA) – A top Iranian lawmaker has condemned the continued and severe violation of human rights by the British police, and urged London to stop massacre of the youth during unrests in the British capital and other cities.
Sunday, August 14, 2011 7:53:35 PM
MP: UK Unrests Invalidate West's Human Rights Claims

“The current situation in Britain shows the complete violation of human rights and invalidates all claims that the UK, Europe and the US have made so far,” the chairman of National Security and Foreign Policy Committee said on Sunday.

Boroujerdi went on to say that the UK and other European countries have always advocated minority rights, civil rights and popular freedoms, “but today we see that they did not tolerate the slightest amount of popular protests and attacked people brutally, killed some people with fire arms and imprisoned others.”

Lately, the British government has planned to deploy its army forces to suppress the people while army forces are only tasked to protect the territorial integrity of a country, Boroujerdi said.

In Britain, some people protested against the poor social conditions in the country, but in response the government ruthlessly suppressed the demonstrators instead of trying to listen to their demands, he explained.

Boroujerdi also regarded the recent unrest in Britain as an important litmus test for the country in which the British government failed.

The unrest in Britain began on August 6 in the north London suburb of Tottenham, after a few hundred people gathered outside a police station to protest against the fatal shooting and killing of a black man, Mark Duggan, by the police.

Thereafter, violent protests erupted in major cities like Birmingham, Liverpool, and Bristol, contributing to Britain's worst unrest since the 1980s.

London's Metropolitan Police has announced that 16,000 police officers will be deployed on London streets. Deputy Assistant Commissioner Stephen Kavanagh also confirmed the prospects of police using baton rounds and plastic bullets.

Reports suggest that more than 1,500 people have been arrested in the brutal crackdown of London police on protesters.

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