Anti-blasphemy protests held outside UN office in Tehran
Large groups of foreign students studying in Iran and Iranian lawyers have staged separate demonstrations in front of the UN Office in the capital city, Tehran, to protest against the West's recent anti-Islam acts, Press TV reported.
On Thursday noon, foreign students studying from Turkey, Iraq, Tajikistan, Bahrain and Syria at the Iranian universities assembled in front of the UN Office in Tehran chanting slogans against the US and Israel.
The students called on the UN to take serious measures against sacrilegious acts.
Earlier on Thursday, a group of Iranian legal experts, lawyers and activists from different nongovernmental organizations held a similar demonstration outside the UN Office.
The protesters carried banners condemning the recent blasphemous US movie and French cartoons against the Islamic sanctities.
Outrage has grown globally over a US-made movie that insults Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) followed by sacrilegious cartoons published by a French magazine.
The anti-Islam movie triggered days of huge rallies in Muslim countries, as well as in non-Muslim states like Australia, Britain, the United States, France, Belgium, Australia, and some other countries.
Anti-Western sentiments further increased after the French Charlie Hebdo magazine published blasphemous cartoons on Wednesday, September 19.
Mehmanparast and several other Iranian officials were walking to their hotel when they were surrounded and assaulted by supporters of the anti-Iran MKO terrorists on Wednesday.
New York City police and the US security forces made no arrests as the attackers physically abused members of the Iranian delegation accompanying Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in his visit to the United States to address the 67th session of the UN General Assembly.
The MKO is listed as a terrorist organization by much of the international community and has committed numerous terrorist acts against Iranians and Iraqis.
However, the United States is reportedly planning to remove the MKO from the US State Department's list of terrorist organizations.