June 17, 2011
In a statement published by the British Embassy in Tehran, Alistair Burt, assistant British foreign secretary for the Middle East and North African affairs called on the Iranian regime to immediately release all those detained on Sunday and in the past two years for simply exercising what should be legitimate freedoms.
According to the website of the British Embassy in Tehran, Burt said: “There are deeply worrying, credible reports of arrests and violence against protesters.”
He added: “I am struck by the courage of those ordinary Iranians who continue to stand firm against attempts to beat them into silence, exemplified by journalists such as Hoda Saber, whose death yesterday following a hunger strike in prison shocked Iran.”
“As the foreign secretary said yesterday, the Iranian regime’s feigned support for those demanding their rights elsewhere in the region is belied by its brutal crackdown on freedoms at home,” Burt said.