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12 Iranians arrested at British Council protests

11-30-2011 09:09 BJT

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Iran's Police have arrested 12 demonstrators after scores of protesters left the British Council compound in northern Tehran.

The semi-official Fars news agency reported some 300 students rallied outside the British Council compound, and about 100 of them forced their way into the council building despite police prevention.

Thousands of angry Iranians on Tuesday staged protests in front of the British embassy in central Tehran and the British Council compound in the Qolhak area of northern Tehran. They came one day after Iran's Guardian Council of the Constitution, the country's highest legislative body, unanimously approved reducing diplomatic ties with Britain in response to its "hostile" policy against Iran.

And the British Foreign Office harshly denounced the melee .

William Hague, British Foreign Secretary, said, "We have made clear to the Iranian government that they must take immediate steps to ensure the safety of UK personnel to ensure that property taken from the embassy compounds is returned and to secure the compound with immediate effect. Clearly there will be other, further, and serious consequences. I will make a statement updating Parliament on this tomorrow. "

Tehran's Police Chief said later in the day that the situation in front of the British embassy and British council had calmed down, the protesters were forced out of the compounds and some of the students were arrested.

Iran's Foreign Ministry expressed regret over the storming of the British embassy in Tehran and the ensuing incidents on Tuesday.

 

Iranian protesters storm British diplomatic compounds

Iranian protesters briefly took six British embassy staff hostage on Tuesday when they stormed two diplomatic compounds in Tehran in a protest against sanctions imposed by Britain.

Britain said it was outraged by the attacks on its embassy compounds, but had no immediate comment on the seizure of its staff. Full story>>

Hard-line Iranian protesters stormed British diplomatic compounds Tuesday, hauling
down the Union Jack, torching an embassy vehicle and pelting buildings with petrol
bombs in what began as an apparent state-approved show of anger over the latest
Western sanctions to punish Tehran for defiance over its nuclear program.

Hard-line Iranian protesters stormed British diplomatic compounds Tuesday, hauling
down the Union Jack, torching an embassy vehicle and pelting buildings with petrol
bombs in what began as an apparent state-approved show of anger over the latest
Western sanctions to punish Tehran for defiance over its nuclear program.

Hard-line Iranian protesters stormed British diplomatic compounds Tuesday, hauling
down the Union Jack, torching an embassy vehicle and pelting buildings with petrol
bombs in what began as an apparent state-approved show of anger over the latest
Western sanctions to punish Tehran for defiance over its nuclear program.

Hard-line Iranian protesters stormed British diplomatic compounds Tuesday, hauling
down the Union Jack, torching an embassy vehicle and pelting buildings with petrol
bombs in what began as an apparent state-approved show of anger over the latest
Western sanctions to punish Tehran for defiance over its nuclear program.

Hard-line Iranian protesters stormed British
diplomatic compounds Tuesday, hauling down the
Union Jack, torching an embassy vehicle and
pelting buildings with petrol bombs in what
began as an apparent state-approved show of
anger over the latest Western sanctions to
punish Tehran for defiance over its nuclear program.

 

Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

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