Anger with the „Little Satan“.


The regime has mobilised criticism of Britain after the UK Ambassador in Tehran, Simon Gass, challenged Iran’s human rights record on the Embassy website and called for the release of detained attorney Nasrine Sotoudeh.

Media featured the anger of several prominent MPs. „Simon Gass must learn the ethics of an ambassador,“ said Alaeddin Borujerdi, the head of Parliament’s National Security Commission. „It seems that Simon Gass is on a mission in Tehran to demolish relations between the two countries rather than establishing them.“

Another senior MP, Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh, accused Gass of interfering in Iran’s internal affairs and urged the foreign ministry to „seriously consider expelling the British ambassador“. MP Kazem Jalali of the National Security Commission said it would examine a downgrading of ties with Britain.

Basiji were mobilised to demonstrated outside the UK Embassy, burning British flags.

Gass wrote, „Since last year human rights defenders have been harassed and imprisoned.“ He pointed to Sotoudeh, detained since early September, „Her real crime is doing her job courageously and highlighting injustices that the Iranian regime would prefer stayed hidden.“

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