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Iran urges UK to restrain police
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast Fire fighters and riot police survey the area as fire rages through a building in Tottenham, north London on August 7.Fire rages through a building in Tottenham on August 7.
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast
Tue Aug 9, 2011 2:47AM
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Iran has called on the British police to exercise restraint against people protesting over the killing of a Black man in London.


Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast urged the British government to order the police to stop their violent confrontation with the people, IRNA reported in the early hours of Tuesday.

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

The Iranian official 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 Mark 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 all of Britain as the unfolding mayhem and looting has also raged 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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