Iran has strongly condemned the Canadian police for arresting hundreds of protesters during the recent G20 summit in Toronto, describing the move as an inhuman act.
“The use of various violent tools and ways to counter a peaceful rally is by no means justified. The move by the Canadian government is a blatant breach of basic rights of citizens to freedom of expression,” Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said on Tuesday.
The spokesperson also warned against the “new and dangerous” approach adopted by Canada toward the civil rights of its citizens, expressing Iran’s profound concern over a lack of life security and a possible violation of rights of those arrested in that country during the last few days.
Mehmanparast advised the Canadian government to observe the rights of the detainees and to give assurances that the judicial process will take its natural course.
The remarks come as protests against the summit have resulted in more than 600 arrests. Seventy others were also detained after police raided the University of Toronto’s downtown campus.