Foreign Secretary calls on Iranian authorities to protect Freedom of Expression and Association

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Foreign Secretary William Hague has spoken following protests in Iran on 14 February.

The Foreign Secretary said:

“I have seen reports today of peaceful demonstrators being assaulted by Iranian security forces. President Ahmadinejad last Friday told the Egyptian people that they had the right to express their own views about their country. I call on the Iranian authorities to allow their own people the same right and to ensure that the security authorities exercise restraint.”