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Iran says foreign interference behind unrest

2009-12-29 17:56 BJT

TEHRAN, Dec. 29 (Xinhua) -- Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said on Tuesday that foreign interference were behind recent unrest and anti-government protests in Tehran and other cities in Iran.

Speaking to reporters at a weekly press conference, Mehmanparast said, "We strongly condemn such actions," adding that this kind of interference violates the values and principals of all countries.

He said that the Western countries made a miscalculation again by siding with the anti-government protestors.

"They prefer backing some thousand people to supporting a whole nation of 70,000,000 people," he said, adding that Britain's ambassador in Tehran would be summoned.

Sporadic clashes were seen in some parts of downtown Tehran on Sunday and police forces fired shots into the air and tear gas to disperse the protestors, local satellite Press TV reported.

Pro-government demonstrators also took to the streets to protest against the opposition, shouting slogans in support of the government, the report said.

"Eight people have been killed in anti-government protests," Iran's Supreme National Security Council was quoted as saying by Press TV on Monday.

Editor: Zhang Pengfei | Source: Xinhua