Thursday, August 11, 2011

Tehran Times: "Iran warns against travel to Britain"

The Iranian Press is playing this to the hilt:
The Foreign Ministry advised Iranian citizens on Wednesday to defer nonessential travel to Britain, citing intensifying unrest in the northwestern European country. In the travel alert, the ministry also recommended that Iranian nationals residing in Britain not attend the scenes of unrest. Violence, which erupted in Tottenham district on Saturday, has spread across some other parts of Britain.
Find a more suitable travel destination, such as Syria . . .

Update: Here is the Fars version:
The Iranian foreign ministry in a statement warned the country's nationals against visiting Britain under the current conditions, reminding the European country's bad entanglement with street unrests and its brutal crackdown on protestors.

On Wednesday, the Iranian Foreign Ministry issued a statement on its website, cautioning Iranians against visiting the UK under the current circumstances and to avoid restive places if they must make the trip due to its urgent character.

In the message, the ministry also called on the Iranian expatriates to similarly stay away from riot-ridden spots to avoid injury and harm.

The unrest in Britain began on August 6 in the north London suburb of Tottenham after a few hundred people gathered outside a police station to protest the fatal police shooting of a black man Mark Duggan.

The country's worst unrests since the 1980s has now spilled over into major cities like Birmingham, Liverpool, and Bristol.

Four people have reportedly died and hundreds of others have been arrested so far.

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad strongly condemned the violent attacks, saying, "The true opposition in Britain is the people that are pushed to the ground and beaten on London streets and slain and yet no one hears their voice."
Except for Khomeinists . . .

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