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'Iran likely to close British embassy'
A British woman pleads with a police officer to release her son after they detained him on Tuesday, August 9, 2011 in north London, the United Kingdom.
A British woman pleads with a police officer to release her son after they detained him on Tuesday, August 9, 2011 in north London, the United Kingdom.
Amid widespread unrest in the United Kingdom over the killing of a Black man in London, a senior Iranian lawmaker warns that Iran may shut down the British embassy in Tehran.


Iran's Majlis (parliament) will seriously pursue the issue of shutting down the UK embassy in Tehran in case the violent crackdown on British citizens continue, said Mahmoud Ahmadi Bighash, a member of the Majlis Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy.

He also called on Iran's Foreign Ministry on Tuesday to summon the British charge d'affaires in Tehran “as soon as possible” to offer explanations about the police shooting of Mark Duggan, Fars news agency reported.

Ahmadi Bighash noted that defending nations against hegemonic powers is among core principles of the Islamic Revolution, adding that the killing of the Black man demonstrates that racism is still on Britain's agenda.

“This is a blatant violation of human rights,” he pointed out.

The Iranian lawmaker added that despite its own economic crisis, Britain engaged in military intervention in other countries and violated their rights at the US and Israel's command.

He expressed regret that funds which should be allocated to improve the living of the British people are spent on military equipment “to slaughter the people in the Middle East.”

The unrest in the UK 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 the Black man, Mark Duggan.

However, violent protests erupted in major cities like Birmingham, Liverpool, and Bristol in Britain's worst rioting since the 1980s. Protest outbreaks were also reported in Leeds, Manchester, Nottingham, Reading, and Oxford.

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.

British Police said they have arrested more than 560 people as the unrest entered a fourth night.

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