Iranian protesters storm British embassy says news
Protesters enter the opened gate of the British embassy in Tehran. Dozens of young Iranian men entered buildings inside the British embassy compound in Tehran on Tuesday, throwing rocks, petrol bombs and burning documents looted from offices, Iranian news agencies reported. -
TEHRAN: Iranian protesters stormed two British Embassy compounds in Tehran on Tuesday, smashing windows, hurling petrol bombs and burning the British flag in a protest against sanctions imposed by Britain,
live Iranian television showed.
Iran’s semi-official Mehr news agency said protesters took six British diplomatic staff hostage from an embassy compound in the north of the city but it withdrew the story from its website minutes later without giving any explanation.
The attacks followed the rapid approval by Iran’s Guardian Council of a parliamentary bill compelling the government to expel the British ambassador in retaliation for the sanctions. A lawmaker had also warned on Sunday that angry Iranians could storm the British Embassy as they did the U.S. mission in 1979.
Several dozen protesters broke away from a crowd of a few hundred protesters outside the main embassy compound in downtown Tehran, scaled the embassy gates and went inside.
Mehr news agency said protesters pulled down the British flag, burned it, and put up the Iranian flag. Inside, the demonstrators threw stones and petrol bombs. One waved a framed picture of Queen Elizabeth, state TV showed. The British Foreign Office said it was outraged.
“There has been a incursion by a significant number of demonstrators into our Embassy premises, including vandalism to our property,” the Foreign Office said in a statement. “This is a fluid situation and details are still emerging. We are outraged by this. It is utterly unacceptable and we condemn it.
Demonstrators waved flags symbolising martyrdom and held up portraits of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. An Iranian official told Reuters that the storming of two compounds in Tehran was not planned by the government.The incident followed Britain’s imposition of new sanctions on the Islamic state last week over its nuclear programme. London banned all British financial institutions from doing business with their Iranian counterparts, including the Central Bank of Iran, as part of a new wave of sanctions by Western countries.
“It was not an organised measure. The establishment had no role in it. It was not planned,” said the official, who declined to be identified. A separate group of protesters broke into a second British Embassy compound in the north of the city, the IRNA state news agency said, and seized classified documents.
Great .. Now they ( West) will have excuse to send some stuff in that beduion baboon ruled Iran Arians
Oh well.. Islam recycles itself in different forms and the basic form of it is generating violent political groups/parties.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a16y3pbg4Es