Iran: British Embassy invaded by “students”, chanted “Death to England”. As reaction, UK cut diplomatic ties with Iran.
Iranian Intelligence Minister Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejeie speaks to the media after a cabinet meeting in Tehran on June 24, 2009. Iranians said Iran may downgrade ties with Britain, accusing London of interventionism.
A group of Iranian students has entered today the British embassy in Tehran, taking down the flag and tossing material out of windows.
The protesters were also shown live on Iranian state television throwing stones at embassy windows, breaking them, and one was seen climbing the wall with a looted portrait of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II.
The intrusion occurred as ranks of Iranian police in riot gear stood by, doing nothing.
Outside the embassy’s walls, several hundred other demonstrators were gathered, some of them chanting “Death to Britain” and demanding the British ambassador leave the country immediately.
The demonstration came a day after Iran passed a law to expel the ambassador within the next two weeks in retaliation for new British sanctions that cut off all ties with Iran’s financial sector.
Britain has threatened to act “robustly” if Iran’s foreign ministry follows through by kicking out its ambassador, Dominick Chilcott. Britain on Wednesday withdrew its diplomats from Iran and ordered the closure of the Iranian Embassy in London within 48 hours. READ MORE HERE