Students protest in front of French and Italian embassies
4 years ago
(9 Feb 2010) SHOTLIST
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1. Pan from protesters shouting (Farsi) “French government, Shame on you, shame on you” to French Embassy building
2. Close-up of flags of the European Union and France atop embassy building
3. Protesters shouting (Farsi) “Death to terrorist Sarkozy”
4. Close-up of placard reading (Farsi) “Iran”s internal affairs are none of your business”
5. Protesters walking toward French embassy building, draped in Iranian flags
6. Protesters hurling eggs at embassy
7. Close-up of eggs dripping off embassy”s plaque reading (French and Farsi) “Political and consulate office of French embassy”
8. SOUNDBITE: (Farsi) Student protester, no name given:
“Countries such as France and Italy have harboured the enemies of our nation, who have betrayed our people in one way or another, over the past 30 years. Our nation and Muslim students condemn them.”
9. Zoom-in to a student ripping down a street sign for “Rome Alley”
10. Anti-riot police pushing back protesters who want to attack Italian Embassy building
11. Close-up of Italy”s embassy emblem stained with broken eggs
12. Pan from protesters hurling eggs to embassy
13. Wide exterior of Italian embassy with protesters and police gathered in front
Dozens of pro-government protesters rallied in front of the French and Italian embassies in Tehran on Tuesday to condemn what they called foreign support for the opposition movement and western interference in Iran”s internal affairs.
The protesters pelted the embassy gates with eggs and chanted slogans such as “French government, Shame on you” and “Death to terrorist Sarkozy,” referring to French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
One protester held a placard reading “Iran”s internal affairs are none of your business.”
The marchers, some draped in Iranian flags, took turns hurling eggs before riot police moved in.
“Countries such as France and Italy have harboured the enemies of our nation, who have betrayed our people in one way or another, over the past 30 years. Our nation and Muslim students condemn them,” said one student protester.
Foreign Minister Franco Frattini told the Italian Senate that the protest was “hostile” and that the group tried to assault the building.
Last week Premier Silvio Berlusconi announced – in Israel – that Italy was scaling back its economic dealings with Iran and wanted tighter sanctions against the Tehran leadership.
Italy has long been Tehran”s biggest trading partner in the EU.
France has also pushed for a fourth set of UN Security Council sanctions against Iran.
The protesters also chanted anti-American and anti-British slogans and vowed “Death to hypocrites,” a reference to opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi.
Iran”s political atmosphere remains unsettled eight months after the disputed re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whom the opposition accuses of using fraud to win.
Hardline rulers have repeatedly accused opposition leaders of having links with foreign countries and enjoying the support of Iran”s enemies.
The charges are vehemently rejected by opposition leaders.
On February 11 a state sponsored rally will mark the 31st anniversary of the Islamic Revolution that brought the country”s hardline clerical establishment to power.
Iran”s opposition movement has also planned to participate in the rally.
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