Iran says foreigners among Ashura protest detainees

Iran has accused the United States and Britain of formenting unrest during the Ashura rituals.

Iran says foreigners among Ashura protest detainees

Iran has arrested several foreign nationals in anti-government protests last week that left at least eight people dead, Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi said on Monday.

"Some of the detainees are foreign nationals pursuing propaganda and psychological warfare," Moslehi said on state television.

"They had entered Iran only two days before Ashura. Their cameras and equipment have been seized," he added, without specifying how many had been arrested or their nationality.

Iranian police are still holding 300 of the 500 people they arrested in Tehran on December 27, when opposition supporters staged protests during the Shiite religious commemoration of Ashura.

Iran has accused the United States and Britain of formenting unrest during the Ashura rituals.


Agencies

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