Iran calls Syrian protests a Western plot


Reuters
April 12, 2011

Anti-government demonstrations in Syria are part of a plot by the West to undermine a government that supports “resistance” in the Middle East, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Tuesday.

Unlike uprisings in other parts of the Arab world which Tehran has applauded as an “Islamic awakening” of peoples against Western-backed oppressors, the protests in Syria have received little media attention or official comment in Iran.

But at his weekly news conference on Tuesday, Iran’s spokesman said the protests in Syria over the last three weeks, in which 200 people died, according to a rights group, were not a spontaneous event but the result of foreign interference. Syria is Iran’s closest Arab ally.

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