France alarmed by 'violence' towards Iran opposition leaders

19th September 2009, Comments 0 comments

France's foreign ministry said Friday it was alarmed by reports of violence towards Iranian opposition leaders demonstrating in Tehran against the re-election of hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Paris - France's foreign ministry said Friday it was alarmed by reports of violence towards Iranian opposition leaders demonstrating in Tehran against the re-election of hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

"France is highly concerned by reports of violences committed against leaders of the Iranian opposition," foreign ministry spokesman Bernard Valero told a news conference.

Iranian opposition supporters battled riot police and hardliners Friday as tens of thousands defied the authorities by demonstrating against Ahmadinejad's election during an annual mass display of solidarity with the Palestinians.

Ahmadinejad's main challenger in the 12 June election, Mir Hossein Mousavi, abandoned plans to take part after an angry crowd of hardliners attacked his car, the official IRNA news agency reported.

Former president Mohammad Khatami, a key supporter of Mousavi, was assaulted by hardliners before being rescued by riot police, reformist website Parlemennews.ir reported.

AFP/Expatica

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