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Radical Islamists attack Austrian embassy in Iran

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Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Feb. 06 – Some 200 hard-line members of the paramilitary Bassij force held a violent protest outside the Austrian embassy in Tehran on Monday in protest to the publishing of cartoons in European dailies depicting the prophet Mohammad and a resolution adopted recently by the board of governors of the United Nations nuclear watchdog reporting Iran’s nuclear file to the Security Council. Iran Focus

Tehran, Iran, Feb. 06 – Some 200 hard-line members of the paramilitary Bassij force held a violent protest outside the Austrian embassy in Tehran on Monday in protest to the publishing of cartoons in European dailies depicting the prophet Mohammad and a resolution adopted recently by the board of governors of the United Nations nuclear watchdog reporting Iran’s nuclear file to the Security Council.

Protestors attacked the embassy with fire bombs and stones, shattering several windows and setting on fire parts of the compound.

Austria currently holds the European Union’s rotating Presidency. On Saturday, the board of governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency adopted a European resolution reporting Tehran’s nuclear file to the Security Council.

On Sunday, Iran’s Majlis (Parliament) Speaker said that the recent cartoons depicting the prophet Mohammad which have sparked a wave of protests across Europe were linked to the international dispute over the Islamic Republic’s refusal to end its sensitive nuclear activities.

Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel told Majlis deputies, “The West cannot tolerate Muslims’ dignity and authority so it is determined to humiliate them”.

“The silence of any Muslim is betrayal of the Quran”, the protestors chanted during the demonstration outside the Austrian embassy as they called on Muslims in Europe to carry on with their demonstrations against the publishing of the cartoons.

“Death to America” they yelled. “Western democracy is fake”.

The demonstration was organised by the Bassij, an offshoot of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps.

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