Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Iran: Students Break Into British Embassy - 29th Nov 2011

Hardline Iranian students have broken into the British Embassy in Tehran, according to reports.

Rocks and petrol bombs were thrown, while documents were removed from offices and burnt, Iranian news agencies reported.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: "We are aware of and looking into reports that the embassy in Tehran has been attacked but have no further information at the present time."

The break-in came after hundreds of students gathered outside the embassy as part of a protest against what they described as London's "hostile policies" against Iran.

The protesters reportedly set fire to the Union Flag as they chanted "Down with Britain", "Down with America" and "Down with Israel".

Iran's parliament on Sunday voted to reduce diplomatic relations with the UK following London's support for increased sanctions on Iran.

Relations between the West and Iran have been deteriorating in recent months amid fears that Iran is seeking to develop nuclear weapons.

Iran insists its nuclear programme is to provide electricity for civilian use.

Iran last week said it had arrested 12 CIA agents, accusing them of planning to strike at Iranian interests. Source