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United Nations Condemns Death Of Protesters’ In Iran, Calls For Respect For Protesters’ Rights

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Antonio Guterres attends a press conference following the UNHCRs annual Executive Committee meeting on October 3, 2014 at the United Nations Office at Geneva.  AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI        (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres has expressed his “regret” at the rising death toll in the ongoing anti-government protests in Iran and has called on the Islamic Republic to respect the rights of peaceful protesters.

About 21 persons have lost their lives in the clashes across the country and Police have arrested hundreds of demonstrators as thousands of people took to the street.

Speaking on behalf of the Secretary-General, Farhan Aziz Haq said expressed his regret over the situation.

“We regret the reported loss of life and hope further violence will be avoided. We expect that the rights to peaceful assembly and expression of the Iranian people will be respected.”

Iran’s Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei had blamed the country’s “enemies” for almost six days for the deadly unrest that have shaken the conservative country.

“The enemies have united and are using all their means, money, weapons, policies and security services to create problems for the Islamic regime,” Khamenei said.

A fifth night of unrest – Monday to Tuesday- saw six protesters killed during an attack on a police station in Qahderijan in the central province of Isfahan, state TV said, bringing the death toll to 21.

 


 

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