0434 GMT August 04, 2021
Saeed Khatibzadeh added on Saturday that the director general for Western Europe at the Iranian Foreign Ministry summoned Robert Macaire in protest at problems caused for Iranian voters in a number of Britain’s cities, including London and Birmingham, regretting that “counterrevolutionary terrorist elements and those opposing democracy” insulted the voters and executive personnel and assaulted one of the voters, Press TV reported.
He added that the British diplomat has been notified of Iran’s strong protest at the “riotous and terrorist” conduct against the Iranians. The envoy was also told that his country’s government and police have failed to fulfill their duties to ensure security at the polling stations.
The spokesman said the Foreign Ministry official reminded the UK ambassador that “democracy will be realized at the ballot box, not in the moves of a few rioters on the streets.”
“In the meeting, strong criticism was leveled at the adventurous and divisive performance of the Persian-language media based in Britain, including BBC Persian and Iran International, which tried to promote a boycott of the election, encourage people to attend street protests, and disrupt the process of the election through their programs and method of news coverage,” Khatibzadeh added. “It was also emphasized that such measures that run counter to democracy, which encourage riotous moves, will be etched in the Iranian people’s memories.”
The British diplomat, for his part, said that he would convey the Iranian government’s protest to officials of his country.
Later on Saturday, Iran’s chargé d’affaires and deputy head of the mission to the UK, Mehdi Hosseini Matin, said three people have been arrested so far after an attack by foreign-backed affiliated terrorist groups on an Iranian woman who wanted to cast her vote in Birmingham.
In a tweet, he added that Iran’s mission is in contact with the woman and her family who were injured in the assault and noted that the terrorists are still threatening them.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran’s Embassy in London will seriously pursue the case,” the diplomat emphasized.
On Friday, millions of Iranians went to the polls inside the country and abroad to elect a successor to President Hassan Rouhani, who has served two four-year terms.
Some reports said counterrevolutionary elements, who had gathered outside Iranian diplomatic missions in the UK, Australia and New Zealand, attacked the people who had turned out for the vote.
In a post on its Twitter account late on Friday, the Iranian Judiciary’s High Council for Human Rights censured the Commonwealth member states such as the UK, Australia and New Zealand for failing to provide security for Iranians voting in the presidential election at the embassies of their host countries.
Canada’s government also did not allow the setting up of polling stations in the country in order for Iranian expats to participate in the election, in breach of international norms.