Iran, Libya Condemn British Crackdown

Posted August 10th, 2011 at 9:50 am (UTC-5)
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Iran and Libya are chastising Britain over its handling of ongoing riots that have swept through London and other major British cities.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad condemned what he called Britain's “savage” treatment of peaceful protesters. He also told reporters in Tehran Wednesday the British government needs to listen to the demands of the people who have become frustrated.

An official with the government of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi also criticized Britain Wednesday.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Khalid Ka'im told the official Jana news agency that British Prime Minister David Cameron has lost his legitimacy and must step down.

Britain was a leading critic of Iran's treatment of protesters following the disputed June 2009 election that kept Mr. Ahmadinejad in office.

British forces have also played a key role in the NATO campaign in Libya, which started after Mr. Gadhafi's government turned on ant-government protesters earlier this year.