200 protest in Brussels against Iran election 'coup'

15th June 2009, Comments 0 comments

About 200 people, mostly Iranians, protested in front of Iran's embassy in Brussels Sunday to denounce President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's re-election and a crackdown on opposition protesters in Tehran.

BRUSSELS - The demonstrators in Brussels waved Iranian flags and shouted "down with the dictator," "freedom in Iran" and "bye bye Ahmadi," according to the Belga news agency.

"We are watching a coup d'etat by Ahmadinejad," protest spokesman Ali Samad was quoted as saying by Belga, adding that sources in Iran witnessed fraud during Friday's election.

The protesters included political refugees, students and immigrants who wanted to "show solidarity with all the opponents who were arrested and assaulted by police in Tehran," Samad said.

One the protest's organisers, the Iranian People's Fedayeen, said they wrote a letter to Belgian Foreign Minister Karel De Gucht urging Belgium not to recognise the Iranian election results and demand that a new vote be held.

Ahmadinejad was declared the winner of the elections by a landslide, but his closest challenger, Mir Hossein Mousavi, denounced it as a fraud and called for the vote to be annulled.

Mousavi's supporters clashed with riot police for two straight days.


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