British Embassy Tehran – The British Embassy was attacked by Iranian university students in Tehran Tuesday, looting buildings, throwing firebombs and briefly seizing six embassy workers.
Sky News reported protesters rushed into the embassy compound, reportedly removing and burning a British flag and replacing it with an Iranian flag.
Students chanted “Down with Britain,” “Down with America,” “Down with Israel” and “Students are Awake and Hate Britain,” Iran’s semiofficial Fars News Agency reported.
The students also were shown on Iranian state television throwing stones at embassy windows. Fars said police secured the release of six workers who had been seized by students.
“News of the utterly deplorable assault today on the British Embassy in Tehran is deeply concerning,” said Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander, The Daily Telegraph reported.
“The backdrop to these violent events are the recent worrying scenes witnessed in the Iranian Parliament,” Alexander said. “Our efforts to prevent Iran acquiring nuclear weapons must continue notwithstanding these appalling scenes.”
The U.K. Foreign Office released a statement saying, “Senior officials have spoken to the Iranian charge in London to urge the Iranian authorities to act with utmost urgency to ensure the situation is brought under control and to protect our diplomatic compound, as they are obliged to do under international law.”
The protests came after Tehran decided to reduce ties with Britain after London imposed more sanctions on Iran.