Iranians wave Palestine's flags, burn Obama's pictures
"Where are the freedom seekers?" read one poster held up by a demonstrator at Tuesday's protest
Iranian protesters waved Palestinian flags in support of Gaza in Tehran on Tuesday and according to a witness and photographs.
Iranian demonstrators have often burned effigies or pictures of U.S. presidents in protests. This appeared to be the first time Obama's picture had been defaced so publicly, a week before his inauguration as president.
Iran has condemned the West, and the United States in particular, for not doing more to stop Israel's attacks on Gaza. The 18-day-old Israeli offensive has killed more than 925 Palestinians.
"Where are the freedom seekers?" read one poster held up by a demonstrator at Tuesday's protest. It had the word "Gaza" emblazoned on it and an image of a weeping Palestinian.
The demonstrators, waving Palestinian flags, some chanting "Death to Obama", had gathered outside the Swiss embassy which handles U.S. interests because Tehran and Washington have not had diplomatic ties for nearly three decades.
Pictures obtained by Reuters showed the president-elect's image laid on the road for cars to drive over it, and other images showed demonstrators burning the Obama poster.
In other recent protests against Israel's Gaza offensive, demonstrators have climbed into a British diplomatic compound and gathered outside the missions of Jordan and Egypt, which have peace treaties with Israel, to condemn the inadequate international response.
Reuters Last Mod: 14 Ocak 2009, 12:44