Iran has arrestest British Embassy staff and is going to put them on trial for fomenting postelection turmoil.
The announcement fueled calls in Europe for tougher action against Iran. Britain is pressing for members of the European Union to pull their ambassadors out of Tehran to protest the staffers’ arrests last week.
After quashing the street demonstrations, Iran’s leadership has been trying to erase any lingering doubts about the legitimacy ofby portraying the unrest as sparked by foreign meddling, not by public anger over the June 12 election, which the protesters said was fraudulent. Prosecuting the detained Iranian members of the British Embassy staff could help boost its case before the Iranian public.
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