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Iranian Students Storm British Embassy! Fire Bombs

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IRANIAN PROTESTERS THROW PETROL BOMBS INSIDE BRITISH EMBASSY COMPOUND IN TEHRAN, ONE SMALL BUILDING SET ON FIRE -STATE BROADCASTER IRIB - RTRS

IRANIAN PROTESTER ENTERS U.K. EMBASSY COMPOUND IN TEHRAN -BBG

IRANIAN STUDENTS BROKE INTO BRITISH EMBASSY IN TEHRAN: AP

U.K. FOREIGN OFFICE AWARE OF REPORT EMBASSY IN IRAN BROKEN INTO -

 

TEHRAN — Student hard-liners stormed the British Embassy on Tuesday to protest tough new sanctions against Iran, replacing the Union Jack with the flag of the Islamic republic and chanting "Death to England" as they hurled satellite dishes from the roof of a security building to the ground below.

 

Student representatives of the paramilitary Baseej organization set fires on the grounds of the compound and scattered papers that they found, waving banners emblazoned with Islamic slogans.

 

There was no indication as to whether any British diplomats or security were inside the embassy.

 

Student paramilitary leaders had called for a demonstration outside the embassy to commemorate the 2010 assassination of Majid Shahriari, a prominent nuclear scientist killed in a car bombing one year ago. Iran's government blamed the United States and Israel for the killing, but those countries have no embassies in Tehran.

 

The demonstration also focused on Britain's decision last week to cut off all financial ties between Iranian and British banks, marking the first time a British government has severed all links to another country's banking system. The United States also imposed new sanctions on Iran, although it stopped short of imposing sanctions directly on the Central Bank of Iran, a move advocated by some lawmakers.

 

The sanctions are intended to squeeze Iran economically, after new allegations of secret efforts by Tehran to acquire technology to develop nuclear weapons.

 

When the students arrived at the embassy, there was no scaffolding or barriers of the type erected by Iranian security during previous demonstrations as a way of keeping the protesters out of the compound.

 

Riot police, who normally would have been deployed to keep order at the protest, were absent as well. In their place were standard Iranian police forces, equipped with shields. They did not move to stop the students as they rushed into the embassy compound, or to prevent them from lowering the flag, destroying the satellite dishes or setting fires.

 

But after about an hour, police moved in, removing the students from the compound and telling them to disperse.

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