Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has leapt at the opportunity to chide the British government over its handling of recent riots in major UK cities which pitched police against angry mobs of youth looting, burning, robbing and creating havoc after the fatal shooting of a young man in north London.
Iran has gone all out in its effort to get back at the UK government’s regular condemnation of Iran’s dismal human rights records, in particular its brutal crushing of protesters after the disputed 2009 elections.
As well as calling for the UN Security Council to intervene over the British government’s handling of the riots, Iran has offered to send a team of experts to investigate potential human rights abuses.
His proposal met by stony silence from the UN, Ahmadinejad criticized the international body saying: “What else should happen for the Security Council to react and condemn one of its own members?”
“If one percent of this happens in countries that oppose the West, they scream until they are hoarse,” he said.
Ahmadinejad denounced the British government for its "violent suppression" of the protesters on state radio and called for an end to what he described as the "killing and brutal beating" of "the opposition" angry with the government's financial policies.
"The real opposition are the people who are beaten up and killed on the streets of London, those whose voices are not heard by anyone," he said.