Iran continued its propaganda offensive against Britain and its other Western rivals Friday as a senior military commander announced Tehran is prepared to dispatch peacekeepers to London to 'help restore calm in the city,' the Iranian Fars news agency reported.
Iran Offers London 'Peace Keepers' to Restore Calm
In another dig at Britain, Iran has offered to send 'peace keepers' to help restore calm in London, which was shaken by four days of riots.
Gabe Kahn., 12/08/11 15:37
Mohammad Reza Naqdi
"The Ashura brigades of Basij forces are ready to be dispatched to London as peacekeeping forces," Commander of Iran's Basij (volunteer) forces Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Naqdi said on Thursday.
Naqdi also chasitized British authorities for their harsh crackdown on protesters and for describing them as rioters and hooligans.
"Unfortunately the crimes and violence of the autocratic British kingdom continues against the country's deprived [population] and not only does the advice of well-wishers have no effect on the conduct of the regime's repressive police force but we witness the deprived people of this country being called a bunch of thieves and looters," he regretted.
Iran has been widely criticized by the West, including Britain, for its bloody crackdown on the 2009-2010 election protests in which rights monitors say at least 150 were killed.
Since then, Iran has conducted daily executions of dissidents as a means of quelling further unrest, and has routinely harrassed and detained popular dissident figures planning to visit the West.
Naqdi also expressed disappointment with the UN Security Council as invariably supporting oppressors.
"If the UN General Assembly approves, the Basij Organization is ready to send a number of Ashura and al-Zahra brigades to Liverpool and Birmingham as peacekeepers to monitor observation of human rights laws and deter use of force," he added.
According to Naqdi the 'uprisng' in Britain, even if oppressed at this stage, is far deeper than a political unrest or factional conflict to be resolved easily.
"This wound will come to a head elsewhere…The people of Britain have awakened and will definitely take their rights back," he stated.
The unrest in Britain began on August 6 in the north London suburb of Tottenham after a few hundred people gathered outside a police station to protest the fatal police shooting of a black man Mark Duggan.
The country's worst unrests since the 1980s also spilled over into major cities like Birmingham, Liverpool, and Bristol.
In the wake of the four day riots London police are deploying an additional 1,600 personnel to ensure the safety of citizens. Police have also begun executing a string of raids on those believed responsible for instigating the violence.
British Prime Minister David Cameron said the riots were the result of "criminal gangs" and had "nothing to do with the economy."