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Iranian students attack british embassy

#1
Iranian students have thrown firecrackers and rocks into the British embassy compound during a protest in the capital Tehran.
About 200 people demonstrated against what they say was the illegal entry into Iranian waters of 15 UK Royal Navy personnel captured nine days ago.

BBC correspondent Frances Harrison said the students were hardliners who were urging Iran not to compromise.

The Foreign Office said there had been no damage and no-one had been hurt.

Demands

The BBC's correspondent, who was outside the embassy when the missiles were thrown, said the demonstrators were hardline Islamist students from Tehran University.

The protesters, whose demonstration was allowed by the Iranian government, were chanting "death to Britain" and calling for the deportation of the British ambassador, she said.

"They were making speeches, they were calling for the British sailors to be put on trial, for the British government to apologise," she said.
Riot police fired pepper spray into the crowd to prevent protesters surging forward and scaffolding had been erected against the front of the embassy to prevent people trying to get inside, she said.

However, because of the New Year holiday period in the country, many Iranians were not fully aware of the crisis over the captured personnel, she added.

Britain denies Iran's claims that the UK crew was in its waters when seized on 23 March and is demanding their "immediate" return.

Position 'clear'

Defence Secretary Des Browne, who is in neighbouring Afghanistan, said both countries were in direct bilateral contact but said the British position had been made clear.

"There is no reason to continue to keep them there. We are anxious that this matter be resolved as quickly as possible and that it be resolved by diplomatic means and we are bending every single effort to that."

The support from the international community should make it clear to Iran "that their responsibility is to release our detained personnel", he added.

President George W Bush earlier condemned Iran's "inexcusable behaviour" after the capture of the UK personnel and said he would "strongly support" the British government over the crisis.

His calls were echoed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel who said Britain had the "full solidarity of the European Union".

Meanwhile, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said Iran was waiting for a "change in attitude" from the UK and a "moderate approach" to its requests.

He confirmed the receipt of a note from the British embassy about the military personnel, Iranian television reported.

"This note contains many points which will be considered," he said. "However, we are waiting for a change in the attitude of the British and a moderate approach by this country towards Iran's legal requests. "
Former hostage Terry Waite, who was held captive for 1,760 days in Beirut before being released in November 1991, has offered to travel to Iran to negotiate with those holding the Britons.

Mr Waite said threatening the Iranian government was counterproductive and said he would be able to "cut through some of the rhetoric".

The Britons, based on HMS Cornwall, were seized by Revolutionary Guards as they returned from searching a vessel in the northern Gulf.
 
#3
From where I am sitting it does not look like a good sign.
How is time working against them? they appear to be holding all the cards.
 
#4
suits_U said:
From where I am sitting it does not look like a good sign.
How is time working against them? they appear to be holding all the cards.
What cards? I agree with Sergei, Iran looks like a backward child playing stupid games. I hope they realise their mistake before someone gets harmed.
 
#5
I agree with suits, I watched some clips of it on BBC 24, and there are Iranian police and (what looks like) troops guarding the embassy… they are shouting things like ‘death to England’ (BBC quote), looks like they have the full backing of the Iranian public...

So Iran does hold all the cards…
They have the sailors and marines, they are feeding them, caring for them…
They are guarding our embassy…
And they have the backing of the Iranian people…

That put them in a pretty strong position to keep the sailors and marines for as long as they like…
 
#6
CNN quoted Embassy spokeswoman as saying it was not violent and a few firecrackers were thrown - it is Persian New Year - and i suppose the crowd had been paid and organised. Sergei has my vote that the Iranians are in a hole and looking for flag-waving symbolism to help our media undermine our case
 
#10
Our people give the Teheran Embassy address as 198 Ferdowsi Avenue. (Ferdowsi was an even more important poet to the Persians/Iranians than Omar Khayyam.)

Good to see the FCO have seemingly taken their own line on this one.
 
#11
I'm listening just now a discussion about Iran on NTV (TV-4).

There are interesting participants: a senior MP (mr.Kosachev), politologists with very close links to the Kremlin.

Main points expressed:

Iran has never been a friend (or ally) of Russia or Soviet union. Just some years ago Iranian leaders called Russia as a 'small satan'. Iran now expresses dissatisfaction by Russian position in UNSC. But the Iranians will not see any form of support from Russia. All agreed that later or sooner USA will strike Iran.

The experts agreed that current policy of Iranian regime is unrealistic and the Iranians overestimate their abilities. According to the opinion of one politologist Iran is indeed developing nuclear weapons (similar opinion was expressed few days ago by another senior MP mr.Margelov) and all participats agreed that it is against Russian interests.
 
#12
KGB_resident said:
All agreed that later or sooner USA will strike Iran.
My Chinese PLA friends believe it will happen this year

KGB_resident said:
The experts agreed that current policy of Iranian regime is unrealistic and the Iranians overestimate their abilities.
I have yet to find anyone that would disagree with this viewpoint
 
#13
I wonder if you offered any of those chanting "Death to England" etc British citizenship, would they turn it down? Me-thinks not!
 
#14
predatorplus said:
...and there are Iranian police and (what looks like) troops guarding the embassy… ......., looks like they have the full backing of the Iranian public...

So Iran does hold all the cards…
They have the sailors and marines, they are feeding them, caring for them…
They are guarding our embassy…
And they have the backing of the Iranian people…...…
If the regime wanted to stub out such demos they could at will. The Iranians hold the cards in so far as all their actions and rhetoric (prior to the seizure of the RN/RM personel) always flew in the face of int'l criticism and the West generally. Their image in the West is not as important to them.
 
#15
Hang on .....

I am getting the right end of the stick here..

They detain our personnel and then attack our embassy?

Persian New Year - do they always throw rocks ate the British Embassy at this time of year?

Fcuk me what would they do if we detained their pax.

Rent a crowd seems to be the order of the day here, to gain what - I'm feckin clueless.
 
#16
And everyone is surprised by this???? And why???????????????
 
#17
stinker said:
Hang on .....

I am getting the right end of the stick here..

They detain our personnel and then attack our embassy?

Persian New Year - do they always throw rocks ate the British Embassy at this time of year?

Fcuk me what would they do if we detained their pax.

Rent a crowd seems to be the order of the day here, to gain what - I'm feckin clueless.
i charge £10 an hour for my riot skills...
 
#18
And we do what? Complain through Diplomatic channels and get no-where, or (now that GWB seems to be taking an interest), launch a strike / rescue / whatever?

Are we really that sure that the rest of the Middle East would back us in that? Of course the whole thing is trumped up, of course we all knnow that, but if we do anything but sit and wait we hand the whole of that part of the world a perfect excuse to turn against the west.

Iran not only holds all the cards, it may well play them better than we expect.
 
#20
At the moment it really is a case of sit and wait to see how things pan out. When the Iranians think that they have proven how tough they are the personnel will be released.
 

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