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Britons have reached 'end of tether' - Ahmadinejad

posted 10 Aug 2011, 05:03 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 10 Aug 2011, 05:07 ]

Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad mischievously warns UK authorities that Britons have reached 'the end of their tether."

TEHRAN, IRAN (ORIGINALLY 4:3) (AUGUST 10, 2011) IRIB-   Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called on Britain on Wednesday (August 10) to curb its "savage" treatment of rioters.

His comments came as the Libyan government said the violence showed Prime Minister David Cameron had lost legitimacy and should go.

Television pictures of ranks of riot police combatting unprecedented unrest in cities across Britain have led news schedules in countries that Britain accuses of human rights abuses, giving their leaders the chance to hit back.

"They claim to be role models; they themselves 'determine' the standards of life, the standards of freedom, the standards of human rights and democracy. What kind of country treats its own people like this? The ugliest treatment is the police's unacceptable attack on the people, who have no weapons in hand," Ahmadinejad told

reporters after a cabinet meeting in the capital, Tehran.

Britain was in the forefront of western countries that condemned Iran's crushing response to massive street demonstrations that followed Ahmadinejad's disputed re-election in June 2009, events Tehran described as anti-government riots.

While Cameron has called the burning and looting in Britain "criminality, pure and simple", Ahmadinejad portrayed the events as peaceful protests brutally repressed by police.

"They have to listen and accept the words of their nation. The Brits have reached the end of their tether. They have no patience left during these times of economic hardship."

Commenting on Britain's interference in regional affairs, Ahmadinejad said: "instead of interfering in other nations' affairs, and interfere in Afghanistan, Iraq and our region, instead of sending troops to Libya -- while they are destroying the foundations of Libya so that they can gain access to their oil -- they should pay attention to their own people."

In Libya, where Britain is involved in a military campaign against Gaddafi after his forces turned on an anti-government movement earlier this year, a government spokesman said Cameron should step down.