France condemns Iran repression on opposition demonstration

10:10, December 30, 2009      

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French President Nicolas Sarkozy Tuesday condemned what he called "bloody repression" of anti-government protesters in Iran, the Elysee Palace said in a statement.

France stands on the side of people who "appeal for liberation and justice" and demanded "a stop of violence, the release of imprisoned oppositions and the respect of human rights" in Iran, Sarkozy said.

In the statement, France warned that more arrest would aggravate the present situation. "France support the Iranian men and women to seek a future of peace, democracy, prosperity and reconciliation with the international community," the president's office added.

Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner also expressed his anxiety on the violence in Iran, calling Iranian government to respect citizens' democratic right of free expression.

Millions of Iranians took to street on Sunday across the country to commemorate the Shiite Muslim ritual of Ashura. Iran media said eight people had been killed during the clashes between protestors and security forces, and more than 300 others arrested.

On the same day, pro-government demonstrators also rallied on the streets to protest against the opposition, Iran's state-run satellite channel Press TV reported Monday.

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Tuesday that foreign interference was behind recent unrest and anti-government protests in Tehran and other cities in Iran.

"Some countries were supporting these unlawful actions (anti-government protests) and instigating unrest. They interfered in Iran's internal affairs. We strongly condemn such actions. We believe this kind of interference violates the values and principals of all countries," the spokesman told reporters at a weekly press conference.

Source: Xinhua
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