Riots at British Embassy in Teheran

Iran students are rioting at the British Embassy in Teheran.

About 200 students threw rocks and firecrackers at the British Embassy on Sunday, calling for the expulsion of the country’s ambassador because of the standoff over Iran’s capture of 15 British sailors and marines. Police prevented any of the protesters from entering the embassy compound, although a few briefly scaled a fence outside the compound’s walls before being pushed back, according to an Associated Press reporter at the scene.

The protesters chanted “death to Britain” and “death to America” as they hurled stones into the courtyard of the embassy. They also demanded that the Iranian government expel the British ambassador and close down the embassy, calling it a “den of spies.”

Reuters adds that, “Witnesses heard several small blasts and saw smoke rising from inside the British Embassy compound in central Tehran on Sunday during a protest over 15 detained sailors and marines, but no one was hurt. One witness cited eight blasts saying they came from small, home-made explosive devices.”

No one was hurt, thankfully.

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  1. Mark says:

    Students rioting at an embassy in Iran – that tends to never end well…

  2. Dave Schuler says:

    Perhaps I’ve missed them but I don’t seem to have read any reports of students in London rioting at the Iranian embassy.

  3. You know. The UK has nukes. Maybe they should update the mad dogs and English men saying. You know, nuke one Iranian city for every day the sailors aren’t returned.

  4. Christopher says:

    Looks like Britain might invade and the US will assist. Hey, cool! US and British control big hunk of world oil!

  5. Dave Schuler says:

    Looks to whom? In what world?