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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Hard-liners in Iran have protested in front of Austrian Embassy over European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton meeting activists on a recent trip to the Islamic Republic.

Associated Press journalists saw the hard-liners protesting Wednesday over Ashton speaking with a female activist and the mother of a blogger who died while in police custody.

The agency says demonstrators chanted: "Oh undeserving Ashton, shame on you, shame on you!"

On Monday, a senior military official strongly criticized Ashton for meeting the activists during her visit to Iran. On Tuesday, Iran's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham also said a protest note had been forwarded to the Austrian Embassy for arranging the meeting.

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