Iranian officials have detained eight employees of the British embassy in Tehran, accusing the employees of “playing major parts” in the recent political unrest, reported Los Angeles Times.
The Washington Post reported that UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband said that the allegations and arrests were “harassment and intimidation” that is unacceptable. He said, “These are hardworking diplomatic staff. The idea that the British Embassy is somehow behind the demonstrations and protests that have been taking place in Tehran in recent weeks is wholly without foundation.”
The arrests have been made in response to the street protests that have erupted in the area.
Approximately 17 people have died in these street protests that occurred due to the disputed presidential poll, reported the BBC.
Two committees are being suggested: one to oversee the recount of 10 percent of the votes and one to put forth a show of unity between the president and the grand ayatollahs, as reported by the BBC. Mir Hossein Mousavi, the opposition leader, continues to claim that the election was rigged and that the results were fraudulent.