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#1 7 years ago

Iranian protesters storm UK embassy - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

2011112914832498734_20.jpg State media in Iran reports that student obtained "secret spy documents" from UK embassy offices [Reuters]

Dozens of young Iranian men have entered buildings inside the British embassy compound in Tehran, throwing rocks, petrol bombs and burning documents looted from the offices.

The semi-official Fars news agency said security forces were trying to eject the protesters, who were a minority from a larger group staging an anti-UK demonstration outside the compound.

The agency referred to the protesters as students who were chanting "Death to America", "Death to England" and "Death to Israel" among other slogans.

Live TV pictures showed several of the people on top of the entry gate to the embassy, waving Islamic flags.

One protester was seen waving a framed picture of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II apparently found inside the compound.

The British foreign ministry issued a statement saying it was "outraged" by the situation.

"It is utterly unacceptable and we condemn it," it said.

The Reuters news agency reported that embassy employees had fled the compound via a rear entrance and that Iranian riot police were trying to restore order.

Government-approved protest

Al Jazeera's Dorsa Jabbari, reporting from Tehran, said that the police and various ministries had prior knowledge of the protest, which was organised by the student arm of the Basij armed group

"Any such action of this could scale can never be independent in the Islamic Republic. These gatherings are always approved by higher officials," said Jabbari.

In an appearance on state television on Sunday, Sardar Mohamad Reza Naghdi, the commander of the Basij, said that the unit was "counting the moments" until it could strike against "Zionist forces".

Jabbari said there a number of protesters had been taken into custody and that as of Tuesday evening, there was no official response from the Iranian government on how the protest unfolded.

Rising tensions

The incident followed Britain's imposition of new sanctions on the Islamic state last week over its nuclear programme.

London banned all UK financial institutions from doing business with their Iranian counterparts, including the Iran's central bank, as part of a new wave of sanctions by Western countries.

The UK expects other countries to to follow its lead in imposing sanctions against Iran.

Foreign Secretary William Hague was speaking of a "robust" response to Iran's move in reducing diplomatic ties with the UK when news of the protest outside the embassy in Tehran broke.

Iran's Guardian Council approved a bill on Monday to downgrade Iran's ties with the UK, one day after the Iranian parliament approved the measure, compelling the government to expel the British ambassador in retaliation for the sanctions.

In parliament in Tehran on Sunday, a politician had warned that Iranians angered by the sanctions could storm the British embassy as they did to the US mission in 1979.

This action was allowed to occur by the Iranian government to boot, so this'll certainly make things even more insane in terms of relations. They claim this is 'retaliation' for the sanctions and such against Iran. Six staff were taken hostage but later released after the police had the students release them.

For a summary of sanctions on Iran so far, from Reuters,

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#2 7 years ago

Maybe the clever thing would have been to recall the embassy staff as protest against Iran's nuclear ambitions before Iran figured out that this embassy doesn't fulfill any function except as an outlet for some anti-western sentiments.

I like the diagram showing all the sanctions though. It looks like the number of sanctions has increased exponentially in recent years.


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#3 7 years ago

Jesus this is major.

Tensions are going beyond high now. Iran really do not care, they'll go ahead with the programmes and as said above me, really, what is the point of this embassy at the moment, this should be a clear sign of recalling.

Very frightened to see a reaction in years to come with tensions. I can see one in less than a decade. Especially with this nuclear programme, the US will get very nervous over this.


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#4 7 years ago

I wonder why Japan joined in with the sanctioning band. Was it economic threat of having the same types of sanctions imposed on it in case it did not do its part? Or was it something else?


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#5 7 years ago

Well Britain has officially taken it's money out of Iran after this, as well as the embassy staff, and is kicking Iran out of Britain. I wonder how long until this will happen with other countries. Britain's had some brass balls in international affairs lately, why can't the USA be more like them in this regard?

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#6 7 years ago

I see it as inevitable that we go to war with Iran. The U.S. and Israel both are going to keep pushing until we are at war. I guess that's what happens when you threaten to use nuclear force to eliminate an entire country then begin a nuclear program. I honestly couldn't give a shit less about the middle east. So, If we do mobilize I'm out of here. I'll sit back on the sidelines, watch for financial opportunities and watch the idiocracy unfold. Hopefully this doesn't go nuclear, for the sake of the innocent and the planet... But, who knows how much truth is in all of this... With all the media manipulation, secrecy, out right lies and false flags who knows... But, nonetheless the agenda is clear. War.

I once saw a vid awhile back where they showed the full Ahmadinejad speech on Nuclear weapons and Israel, who btw has many many many of them and still doesn't abide by UN sanctions, and he said something along the lines how if Iran is ever attacked then they will be facing annihilation... They've doctored up a few of his speeches I'm afraid. You can find the full uncut versions on the internet... Not that the guy isn't a complete idiot, just saying I believe there is another reason why we've been pushing this agenda for so long...

It's been another Crusade. Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, next Iran, maybe even Israel might finish off the rest of the Palestinians while the U.S. takes out Iran. After all not that long ago they were caught manipulating the U.S's media... What ever happened to Wiki Leaks btw? They had some interesting stuff on that region as well...

All in all I really have grown to hate that part of the world... Not the people but the Governments and all the B.S. No matter what religion or "chosen people" you choose, It's been the @sshole of the world for thousands of years, two sides who can't play nice or tell the truth... It's like the asshole of the planet and monkeys like George Bush, who used the book of Revelations as an unofficial guideline for the new millenium, dove in pants down...

P.S. I don't have any bigger problem with Israel than I do the rest, either way I could give a shit less. Just like the rest of the region I could go on and on. The problem I have is our Administration's double standards and their undying alliance with a country who has caused problems for themselves and us for years now... A country that has broken every law in the book since it's illegal creation and a country that has so many war crimes on it's belt it's pants have fallen down, yet nobody's laughing. Oh yea, lest we forget the attack on the USS Liberty that was suppressed and forgotten about thanks to the US Govt. Wtf?

To me they're the same as the rest, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan. Don't try to dupe me with your nationality, race and religion BS. Don't play me your violin while you piss on my leg. In the end everyone came from the same place so in reality they're just all stupid Middle Eastern 3rd world corrupt countries fighting for eternity over idiotic ideologies. And, here we are USA, the half retarded white horse, drunken and bloodthirsty, riding in to save the day and to get ourselves and the world mixed up in in a bucket of shit *once again* with our double standards. Giving one side weapons to kill and commit war crimes while we condemn demonize and try to destroy the others ecomomy... Facepalm*

Now if only we spent as much time in the civilized world, negotiating, trading, spending money there instead of in the Middle East. Maybe we would have this debt Crisis figured out by now. Maybe it would never have gotten this bad or maybe we could protect ourselves better from the next real threat we all may face in the future.


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#7 7 years ago

I think we should sanction them.



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#8 7 years ago
Professor Dr. Scientist;5589807I think we should sanction them.

:lulz: Because that has worked so well in the past with other countries...

Quite the situation going on with Iran these days, and the storming of an embassy is a pretty big deal. I wonder if cooler heads will eventually prevail and these countries will just have the balls to sit down and resolve these matters peacefully. Someone should just invite all these leaders to UN, lock the doors and not let them out until they can come up with an agreement. A good old fashioned lock-in, like what Jimmy did on South Park to resolve the issues between the Crips and the Bloods. I Mean, come on!

Arguably, Iran has just as much of a right to nuclear weapons as any other country if they are used to dissuade potential enemies, much in the same reason why Israel and North Korea have nukes. I don't think their leadership, as crazy as the media likes to portray them, are stupid enough to actually use them and risk having their nation of nearly 70 million people get wiped off the face of the planet.


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#9 7 years ago

Fear not world, Iran's leadership knows the game they are playing and are playing quite well, actually. Whereas the West has been hesitant to embrace the revolutionary currents in the region, Iran immediately proclaimed their support, drawing parallels to their own revolution in '79. Now obviously Iran does not want masses in their streets demanding democratic change, but they have been very successful in directing internal public anger against the West and Israel while "silently silencing" dissent against the regime. Keep in mind that while Israel may be the main source feeding anti-Western sentiment these days, the memory remains of the West, especially Britain, supporting the corrupt regime of Reza Pahlavi. As for the nuclear weapons issue, anyone suggesting that Iran would use them offensively is grossly underestimating the regime's intelligence. If anything, they are cleverly provoking Israel at a time when they (Israel) are becoming increasingly internationally isolated - mainly due to the Arab revolutions. The West, most importantly the US, can no longer offer continued support to pro-Israeli Arab dictators without blatantly opposing popular democratic movements. And with major financial crises unfolding and fledgling protest movements gaining steam in the West, Israel is receiving less diplomatic attention than usual. The Iranian regime is not stupid enough to attack Israel, as this would completely turn around the trend of diminishing support for Israel and (most) of the world would be united against them. Sadly, I cannot say the same about the Israeli government. Their thuggish, belligerent leaders are unpredictable as it is, previously coddled by unconditional international support, are now finding themselves pushed in a diplomatic corner. If it comes to any sort of military confrontation, rest assured it will be Israel that starts it. And although the US have continuously assured Israel of their unconditional support in such a scenario (with Clinton using words like "obliterate" or "annihilate" in relation to Iran, for all those of you complaining about Iranian rhetoric), they could hardly imagine a less pleasant situation. Starting another war in the Middle East would be unpopular, to put it mildly, not to mention a financial catastrophe. For Iran however, it may prove to be an advantage as it would cement their self-proclaimed status of vanguard against Israeli aggression and mute internal dissent.

But all in all, these diplomatic spats mean little. Iran is hardly trying to gain recognition with the West, and neither is the West interested in reconciliation with Iran. In the end, I consider it most likely that internal pressure will lead to major changes in both Iran and Israel and not some sort of military conflict.


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#10 7 years ago

I honestly don't want us to get dragged in another war, but sanctions aren't going to stop Iran's nuclear program.

Yet we don't have to get involved in a ground-war. The capabilities of strategic airpower are all too often forgotten. Israel once halted Iraq's nuclear program with a well conducted air attack. Iran undoubtedly expects something similar to occur, but we have (or at least should have) a serious technological edge here.

CKY2K, the Middle East may be a shithole, but the rest of the world isn't much better. We've been involved over there long before "that monkey" George Bush. Israel isn't the best of allies, nor are they the worst, but our "alliance" with them is a decades old affair. Quite simply, we couldn't appease nations like Iran by not trading with Israel or whatever they would like. The reason we support Israel is not due to cultural connections or whatever. It's because they're a hedge against these third-world dictators who have oil, money, and sometimes ambition.