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Iran calls on UK to deport Ahwaz activists

Ahwazi Arabs protest Iran's oil exploitation & human rights abuses outside the London offices of the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) on 3 July 2016 [Peter Tatchell Foundation]
Ahwazi Arabs protest Iran's oil exploitation & human rights abuses outside the London offices of the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) on 3 July 2016 [Peter Tatchell Foundation]

Iran on Tuesday asked the UK to identify and deport members of the Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Al-Ahwaz also known as Al-Ahvaziya group.

Tehran accuses the group of planning the attack on an Iranian military parade which took place on Saturday in the Ahwaz region and led to killing of 25 people and wounding of 60 more.

“We have asked the British government to identify members of the terrorist organisation in the country, to ban their activities and to deport them,” Iran’s Ambassador to London, Hamid Baeidinejad said.

READ: Iran’s targeting of killing young Ahwazis 

The ambassador also criticised the group’s spokesman, Yacoub Hor Al-Tostari, who praised the attack immediately after it occurred during a phone call with the London-based Iran International TV channel.

The ambassador said that his country had lodged a complaint with the Ofcom which monitors and regulates British media claiming the channel promotes terrorism.

Both Daesh and the Al-Ahvaziya group claimed responsibility for Saturday’s attacked.

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