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Iran takes France to task over treatment of Muslims


Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Nov. 08 – State-run Iranian dailies accused on Tuesday the French government of oppressing its people as Paris and other cities went through another night of fiery protests. Iran Focus

Tehran, Iran, Nov. 08 – State-run Iranian dailies accused on Tuesday the French government of oppressing its people as Paris and other cities went through another night of fiery protests.

The semi-official daily Jomhouri Islami said that the French government had given the orders for the French army to “suppress” protestors.

“Events of the past few days in France have totally undone all the efforts of French leaders in recent years to keep for France the title of the cultural centre of Europe and the world. These events discredited the French rulers in Paris, the so-called cradle of freedom and civilisation”, the daily wrote.

On Sunday, the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Hamid-Reza Asefi, blamed the French police for “resorting to violence”.

“The French police and government must treat the minorities in that country, including the Muslims, in a proper manner”, Asefi told a weekly press conference in Tehran. “We hope the French government would respect the rights of the people there and pay attention to their demands in a peaceful way, so that we would not continue to witness the violation of citizens’ rights in that country”.

The editorial in Jomhouri Islami stated that “every car that is set on fire and every shop that is damaged in the uprisings in Paris and other cities is a reflection of the injustice that the residents of Elysees Palace have inflicted on the impoverished and oppressed people of France”.

“They expose all the lies that French rulers have been telling under the pretext of support for human rights around the world”.

“It is not just the French rulers who are being openly discredited”, it said, adding, “All Western leaders who claim to be supporters of human rights are being discredited and exposed”.

“As for France, the current circumstances make it necessary to throw a glance at part of the record of the rulers of this country on the question of the Middle East. The black record of France in the past half-century includes its strong and continuing support for the usurper and terrorist Zionist regime and its crimes against the nation of Palestine. All French governments in recent decades have committed themselves to provide political, military, financial and propaganda support for the Zionist regime”.

Jomhouri Islami said that the most recent examples of French support for the “Zionist regime” was the “extensive participation of French rulers in the huge propaganda offensive that the West launched against the anti-Zionist remarks of the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran”.

Iranian President Ahmadinejad’s open threat to Israel, saying it must be “wiped off the map”, drew international outrage and was condemned by the United Nations Security Council.

“The Iranian nuclear issue is another clear example of the French rulers’ hypocrisy”, the semi-official daily added.

Meanwhile, the daily Ressalat, close to the office of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei wrote in a front-page article on Tuesday that the rioting in France began after policemen shot dead two black adolescents in Paris.

Paris police have said that the two teenagers were electrocuted.

The government-owned Fars News Agency wrote that the “Uprising against injustice in France” had spread to Germany.

“Some political analysts believe the wave of uprisings against racial discrimination and injustice in France will spread to other West European countries”, it said.

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