Times: Ex-Iranian diplomat in Norway confirms he quit in protest at crackdown

8 01 2010

In what could be a sign of fissures beginning to develop within the Iranian government, the consul of the country’s embassy in Norway resigned suddenly on Wednesday over the regime’s bloody crackdown on antigovernment protesters during the Shi’ite holiday of Ashura last month — the worst violence the country has seen since the unrest that erupted following last June’s disputed presidential election.Mohammed Reza Heydari told the Norwegian broadcaster NRK that his decision to step down was tied to the crackdown, during which security forces fired directly into crowds. At least eight people were killed, including the nephew of the opposition leader Mir-Hossein Mousavi. “It was the Iranian authorities’ treatment of demonstrators over the Christmas period that made it clear to me that my conscience forbids me from continuing my job at the embassy,” Heydari was quoted as saying by NRK.

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