Radical "students" stormed British diplomatic sites in Tehran today, bringing down the Union Jack flag, burning an embassy vehicle and throwing documents from windows.
The mob surged past riot police into the British Embassy complex and pelted it with stones and Molotov Cocktail, the Associated Press reported. Demonstrators outside the embassy also burned British flags, chanting “Death to Britain.” The occupiers also tore down picture of Queen Elizabeth II. The police have apparently regained control of the site.
Iran’s official news agency IRNA reported that hundreds of other protesters attacked the British ambassador’s residence in northern Tehran and replaced British flags with the flags of the Islamic Republic.
Yesterday, the Iranian parliament, Majlis, passed a resolution to expel the British ambassador to Tehran and then the members of parliament began chanting “Death to Britain.” The action could have been interpreted by the mob today as a green light to attack the British compounds with impunity.
The semiofficial Mehr news agency said most of the embassy staff had left the compound before the mobs entered, but it also said those who occupied the area had taken six staff as hostages. The report by Mehr has now been taken off its website.
The mob called for the closure of the embassy calling it a “spy den” — the same phrase used after another mob stormed the US embassy in Tehran in 1980 and held 52 hostages for 444 days.
UPDATE: Fars News Agency has confirmed earlier reports that the occupiers of the British compound in north Tehran, Bagh-e Qolhak, had taken six employees of the British embassy hostage. The authorities have freed the hostages and handed them over to the British embassy staff. Fars also reports that the police has now cleared the compound as well as the embassy building in the center of Tehran of all the occupiers.
Video from Russia Today showing them climbing the walls, waving flags and burning US, UK and Israelis flags.
Looks to me like the regime is attempting to radicalize the country yet again.
A security failure following another international diplomatic escalation. Embassies must receive adequate protection.
Definitely not a positive development.
This whole thing looks like it was staged by the grand fool and his henchmen.
Also rumors spreading that Israel is starting to recall all its embassy people from countries that have large muslim populations.
For 33 years these morons have dragged and draggle the country to the edge of the abyss and is still standing there.This backward theocracy and its idiotic followers have nothing to show for it except this stupidity of a farce that this primitive regime thrives on.
The country will not (either through force or propaganda) buy this nonsense from this regime ever again except for those very few brain dead morons that are scattered in Iran and throughout the world.(Some examples of them on this blog)
The English regime has imposed sanctions and made life ever more difficult for Iranians. The Iranian authorities should not be held accountable for the blow-back caused by bigoted - and out right illegal - English behavior.
Long live Iran and its brave youth!
Sigh ... One more caretaker job for the Swissies in sight, this time on behalf of UK. The Swiss embassy in Tehran is already in charge of preserving the interests of the United States there, as the US themselves since a long time do not maintain any diplomatic ties with Iran anymore.
Usually the Swiss ambassador is summoned by Iranian Foreign Ministry each time the US have committed some misdeed regarding Iran. He is humbly accepting all the scolding and reprimands on behalf of the US and tries to calm the waves a bit. At times, those reprimands can get very ugly, when the US did something very bad. If US nationals are held captive in Iran, the Swiss embassy staff are looking for them and are trying to help, as good as they can. The Swiss are also relaying all
official letters the Iranian government wants to have relayed to the US government.
In short: The Swiss must do all that troublesome diplomatic donkey work for the US there.
This is what happens when evil englishmen try to bully a regional power. Our behavior only mirror their colonial attitude and subsequent actions towards our great nation. England never really wanted to get along with the IRI anyhow -- evidenced by their never ending hypoctritical stance towards our legitimate rights. Now they can cry, whine and wail as much as they like -- we will never ever back down on our advancements within the field of nuclear technology - which is 100% peacefull.
Anon 12:26 PM
You must be one of those mullah loving boys who lives in the West but supports a dying hypocritical regime.
The so called "brave youth" are nothing but a mere 300 basij thugs pretending to be "students" which has given nothing but shame upon the Iranian nation and its real students.
Shame on people like you which have no shame except propagating the very lies that sustain this dying shambolic theocracy.
Anon 1:43 PM,
Correct! I am an Iranian student living abroad, and I fully back the ongoing Islamic Revolution of Iran.
Not everyone will conform to your norms. Learn to live with it.
BTW, how come the so-called freedom and democracy loving Iranians always resort to personal attacks in discussions such as this?
what did they expect you dont think ordinery people even if a lot of them are supporters of the government are going to notice whats going on in the world, how the west is bullying iran
people will come out and protests it can happen anywhere
"You must be one of those mullah loving boys who lives in the West but supports a dying hypocritical regime."
you must one of those hypocritical nationalist if you are iranian at all living in the west who are so pro western and racialy nationalist who defines thing in black and white and ignores basic realities of iran to seperate himself from the rest of the orientals for your burgoise western elitist friends
insulting works both ways
Touché redz! Well said!
Anon 2:39 PM
Are you really?
Well good for you pal.
Why don't you go and support your basij brothers in Iran pal.
Your the minority buddy.
In fact mate I live in Iran and I know a damn site more than some kid living in the West and supporting a stupid blood thirsty and backward minority regime from 5000 miles away.
Better to be a hypocritical nationalist than be a hypocritical Islamist traitor who support the destruction of Iran from behind.
And those so called "students" were all middle aged men AKA police and basij forces pretending to be "students". If you can't see that then your dumber than I thought.
redz grow up and stop acting like a dummy all your life!
Well said redz!
There is really nothing to add here:)
"hypocritical nationalist than be a hypocritical Islamist traitor who support the destruction of Iran from behind."
really that what the government did in the last meany years it spent all its money destroying Iran you seriously think that. not on economic development or bringing down poverty
as long as the elitist upper class Iranians who care more for their pockets then the welfare of society so they can have a regime that is highly corrupt like most countries who adopt liberal governments and are only their for a elitist interests
as long as you denigrate irans achievements under this government
you will never represent Iran its simple reality, the current system will win
Judging by your hatred of the Islamic Theocracy it is very odd that your supporting redz views.
Or is it that you don't like Iranians for being nationalist.
Don't be so two faced.
A pathetic Arabo Islamist regime.
Anon 2:39 PM
What Islamic revolution are you talking about ?
If you call that a revolution then you better look up the meaning of what a real revolution means.
How can you call a backward ideology a revolution?
They are against anything which is anti establishment and anti religion or humanistic so that was no revolution but a power grab by some backward mullahs which had lost their power in the preceding years and getting it back through trickery and lies and maintaining it by force and religious superstition.
I don't know to which annonymous im speaking to, but I am sorry, I did misread Mr. redz comment, my oppologies.
Having said that, I don't think that being a true Iranian nationalist should mean racisim against Iranian minorities, including the Arab minority.
I actually find that such anti-minority racisiesm is the common denominator between the previous dictatorship and the present one. That is why the regime can still instill support among the masses around fake nationalist issues such as the Persian gulf name, as if Iranians have nothing left to be proud of save their grand grand grand parents.
Jabbar Fazeli MD
Friend I'm sorry for being abrupt.I am an Iranian nationalist but racism has no part in it.I myself am a mixture of people across Iran.I support your views regarding Iran and see you as a very intelligent observer.
God protect our Arab minority in Iran and may they prosper in peace.
There is a fine line between nationalism and racism. The issue in Iran is that we don't recognize racism as racism.
All minorities, religious, and ethnic, are fare game for any regime, because the public are desensitized to racism.
Case in point you can hardly go to any Iranian party without hearing Turkish jokes. I'm sure a hundred years from now it would no longer be considered kosher.
We talk about how historically inappropriate it is to use the name "Arabic gulf" for "Persian gulf", but we don't make the connection to Iran's own name changing of cities, towns and rivers away from ethnic names to made up Persian names. You can look at Azerbaijan, balochestan, kurdistan, and khuzestan and see how over two hundred years there is barely any local names left on the map.
Racisim, even the not so overt, impacts all iranian, not just those most effected. If the minority rights are respected, the common iranian man and women have a better chance of having their rights protected.
The same principle applies to political groups, if communists and ethiests' rights are protected than the mainstream nationalists and islsmists rights will be at least just as protected.
Once again redz your utterly wrong!
There is an increase in poverty in Iran since the "revolution" with your dear mullahs becoming fat and rich from their constant lies and yarns.
You seem to have forgotten that the elitist are the mullahs in Iran now and we have seen what a hash they have made of the country.
This system will go the way of its founder namely in the grave where it belongs.You can jump up and down or scream as loud as you like that's the it's going to be.
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