Iran Regrets Protesters' Unacceptable Actions

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Iran's Foreign Ministry has expressed regret over the “unacceptable actions” of a number of protesters during Iranian students' gathering in front of Britain's embassy in Tehran.

On Tuesday, hundreds of Iranian students from different universities entered the compound of the British embassy in Tehran and pulled down Britain's flag. However, police prevented them from entering the embassy itself.

In a statement released later on Tuesday, Iran's Foreign Ministry expressed regret over the unacceptable actions of a few protesters despite the efforts of Iranian security forces to stop them.

According to the statement, relevant officials have been asked to immediately conduct necessary investigations with regards to this issue.

Stressing the Islamic Republic's respect for international law and the immunity of diplomatic buildings, Iran's Foreign Ministry also reiterated the Iranian government's commitment to protect the diplomatic missions.

Police say the situation is under control, and security forces are trying to remove students who have entered the British embassy compound.

Police say they are protecting the embassy building and the documents inside, dispersing the large crowds gathered outside the embassy compound.

Deputy Commander of the Iranian police Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Radan personally visited the British embassy compound following the unrest.

Radan in an ultimatum warned the remaining protesters to immediately leave the premises.

In northern Tehran, police entered a second British diplomatic compound to bring the security situation there under control. Police say all foreign nationals in the compound are under protection of security forces.

The gathering was held following the approval of a bill aimed at downgrading ties with the UK by the Iran's Majlis, and in protest over Britain's hostile policies towards the Islamic Republic.

The bill, which was also approved unanimously by Iran's Guardian Council (GC) on Monday, obliges the country's Foreign Ministry to expel Dominick John Chilcott within two weeks, thus reducing diplomatic ties with the UK government to the level of charge d'affaires.

Source: Press TV