Protesters demonstrate at LA Chinese consulate after UN veto of Syria condemnation

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A small group of Iranian protesters gathered Tuesday outside China's consulate in Los Angeles, protesting China and Russia's recent veto of a U.N. Security Council effort to condemn Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

About a dozen men waved Iranian flags and displayed a mural depicting the leaders of Iran, Russia and China (Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Vladimir Putin and Hu Jintao) all holding money and brandishing nuclear weapons.

They're upset with Iran due to recent revelations that the Iranian regime has been helping Syria circumvent an international oil embargo and other sanctions.

Demonstrator Iman Foroutan is originally from Iran. He tried to deliver a letter to the Chinese consulate stating his concerns. He wants China to commit to economic sanctions against Iran.

"If all powers, including China and Russia, with the Democratic countries work together, these very tough sanctions will help the people of Iran to unilaterally take care of this particular regime and bring them down," said Foroutan, defending the concept of sanctions.

Earlier this week, a British politician, speaking on condition of anonymity, reportedly told Reuters that the European Union governments have reached an agreement "in principle" to impose economic sanctions on the Syrian central bank.

The EU sanctions will allegedly go into effect in late February.

Demonstrations come on the heels of a week-long U.S. visit by future Chinese president Xi Jinping. Xi is expected to succeed Hu Jintao and lead China for the next decade.

The protesters worry that China and Russia will also support Ahmadinejad's regime, which they say limits civil liberties.

With contributions from Paige Osburn

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