Saturday Apr 27, 201305:08 PM GMT
Ahmadinejad raps UK brutality in unrest
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Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has strongly condemned the violent treatment of British protesters by police forces in the United Kingdom.


Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, President Ahmadinejad referred to British protesters as “opposition” and condemned the killing of demonstrators by the British police, IRNA reported.

The true opposition in Britain is the people that are pushed to the ground and beaten on London streets and slain and yet "no one hears their voice," he added.

He stated that the main issues facing the world today include discrimination, wars and the type of management in societies, and said the ongoing global problems are rooted in “misguided management.”

The Iranian chief executive also said that the world has witnessed the worst management during recent centuries, noting, “The current era is even worse than the era of slavery.”

President Ahmadinejad added that over 100 million people have been killed in wars over the past century, as wrong policies have created a deep income gap and millions of people are suffering absolute poverty and are on the threshold of death.

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.

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 authorities said hundreds of people had been arrested as the unrest entered a fourth night.

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