Iran slams Britain after protest ‘network’ arrested

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Iran on Monday blasted Britain’s “non-constructive role” a day after the Islamic republic announced the arrest of a UK-linked “network” involved in the three-month protests sparked by Mahsa Amini’s death.

Protests have gripped Iran since the September 16 death of Iranian-Kurdish Amini, 22, after her arrest in Tehran for an alleged breach of the country’s strict dress code for women.

Tehran generally calls the protests “riots” and accuses its foreign foes, including Britain, of stoking the unrest.

State news agency IRNA reported Sunday the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in the country’s south had arrested seven people, including dual nationals, who had operated “under the direct guidance of elements from Britain.”

Asked about their arrest during a Monday press conference, foreign ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani said “some countries, especially the one you mentioned, had a non-constructive role in relation to the recent developments in Iran.”

“Their role was quite provocative in inciting extremism and riots,” Kanani said of the foreign nations.

The group, which IRNA described as an “organized network,” had been “leading subversive conspiracies, especially during the recent riots,” the report quoted a Guards statement as saying.—AFP