11/30/2011

Protesters Demand Closure of British Embassy in Tehran


TEHRAN (FNA)- Thousands of protesters who have gathered in front of the British embassy in Tehran since this afternoon entered the embassy compound and brought down the British flag, demanding an immediate expulsion of London's ambassador from Tehran and a full closure of the embassy.
 


The protesters who are demanding a full severance of ties with Britain started their rally in front of the British embassy in Tehran a few hours ago to cry protest against London's hostile policies against Iran.
FNA dispatches said large groups of self-motivated protesting students used the open doors of the embassy to enter the compound but the law enforcement police pushed them out.
The angry protester clashed with the police and climbed up the embassy building and entered the compound an hour ago.
The FNA reports from the scene also said that the protesters have taken down the British flag and set it on fire.
The protesters then hoisted Iran's national flag in the embassy in a sign of victory, saying that they have conquered the embassy as it should not be respected under diplomatic rules and should only be deemed as part of Iran's soil from now on.
"Down with Britain", "Down with America", "Down with Israel" and "Students are Awake and Hate Britain" are among the slogans chanted by the protestors.
Protesters carried photographs of Iran's assassinated nuclear scientist Majid Shahriari and IRGC Quds Force Commander Major General Qassem Soleimani.
The rally comes as Iran is commemorating the first martyrdom anniversary of its nuclear scientist Majid Shahriari who was assassinated by the Israeli Mossad agency last year supported by the British MI6.
After the law enforcement police failed to stop the angry university students for a second time, the protesters entered the administrative buildings of the embassy and brought down the photograph of the British queen from the walls of the embassy buildings.
The students then did thanksgiving prayers in the compound.
Later dispatches said the law enforcement troops have pushed the students out of the building and made several arrests.
The Iranian parliament approved a downgrading of ties with Britain on Sunday. The Iranian legislators approved the bill with 179 yes votes, 4 oppositions and 11 abstentions. The 4 oppositions demanded a full cut of ties with London.
The Guardian Council - a powerful vetting body tasked with studying parliament approvals to make sure they are not against Islamic rules and the Constitution - announced its approval over the parliament ratification yesterday.
As the parliament approval calls for downgrading ambassadorial ties with Britain to the level of charge d'affaires, Tehran is now preparing to expel the British Ambassador to Iran Dominick Chilcott.
Chilcott took his post as the new Tehran ambassador in October and after several months of tension between the two capitals. The British embassy was meanwhile led by the charge d'affaires, Jane Marriott.
The parliament approval came a week after the US and Britain targeted Iranian financial sectors with new punitive measures, including sanctions on Iran's Central Bank and petrochemical industry.
The sanction against CBI and Iran's petrochemical industry was adopted in a unilateral move by the US, Canada and Britain outside the UN Security Council as other council members, specially Russia and China, had earlier warned against any fresh punitive measure, including sanctions, against Iran.
The British government has also embarked on delisting the anti-Iran terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) from its list of terrorist groups.