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Iran Condemns Hollywood Movie '300'


http://gdb.rferl.org/0A8F17B5-94CF-422C-926A-750B79D8FE6B_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/0A8F17B5-94CF-422C-926A-750B79D8FE6B_mw800_mh600.jpg Iranian spokesman Gholam-Hussein Elham (file photo) (Fars) March 14, 2007 -- Iran has condemned the new Hollywood film "300," saying its portrayal of a 2,500-year-old battle is an aspect of "cultural and psychological warfare" against Iran.


The comments by government spokesman Gholam-Hussein Elham are the latest condemnation of the film in Tehran, where officials have called it insulting to Iranians.


A group of members of parliament have urged Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki and Culture and Islamic Guidance Minister Mohammad Hussein Saffar-Harandi to ask other Muslim countries not to show the "anti-Iranian" movie.


The film tells the story of the battle of Thermopylae, in which 300 Spartan warriors led by King Leonidas heroically fought off an attack by a massive Persian army.


The film depicts the Persian army as ruthless but repeatedly outsmarted by the Greeks, who are only defeated in the end by treachery.


(IRNA, Mehr, Reuters)

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