Iranians stage new anti-British rally

2011-12-02 17:33

Tehran - -Iranians in Tehran staged a fresh anti-British demonstration on Friday in support of the storming of Britain's diplomatic compounds earlier this week, the official IRNA news agency reported.

After attending Friday prayers in Tehran University, worshippers flocked to central Enqelab (Revolution) Square, chanting "Death to Britain" and "[We] support the seizure of the second den of spies [the British embassy]," said IRNA.

They also condemned what they called Britain's hostile policies toward the Islamic republic, and finished up their demonstration by setting British and Israeli flags on fire.

IRNA did not say how many people attended the rally.

Foreign media in Tehran were told Thursday that covering all anti-British, pro-regime protests was now forbidden - an unprecedented restriction that adds to many other reporting curbs already in place.

Another anti-British rally in front of Qolhak Garden - Britain's diplomatic residential compound - was reported on Thursday by Mehr news agency but no further details were given.

The rise of a new anti-British campaign in Iran comes after London, along with other Western nations, placed sanctions against Tehran's central bank over its nuclear programme.

On Tuesday, hundreds of angry protesters ran amok in Britain's diplomatic mission in Tehran, prompting the evacuation of all British diplomats for their safety.

Britain in response ordered the closure of the Iranian embassy in London, with its diplomats told to leave the country by 14:00 GMT on Friday.

During the main weekly Muslim prayers on Friday, a senior cleric, Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami, warned other Western countries not to follow in the footsteps of Britain.

"We advise the Europeans not to entangle their fate with that of a decaying Britain - or else our nation's hatred toward Britain will also befall them," Khatami said.

He instructed worshippers to add "Death to Britain" to their cycle of "Death to America" and "Death to Israel" chants.

He did not, however, directly mention Tuesday's pillaging of Britain’s embassy.

  • Dirk - 2011-12-02 17:59

    I dont know why the west is tolerating this arrogance from barbarians, all while they are continueing with their nuclear program. I say again, you cannot negotiate with these idiots. Israel knows what to do, and they must do it asap

      Fidel - 2011-12-02 19:12

      There are no barbarians or crazy religious fundamentalists running Iran. Iran is run by elites who run it first and foremost for their own benefit. Religion is a justificatory fig-leaf for what they do (as it is everywhere) - a way of keeping the masses on side. Similarly Saudi Arabia is in theory a theocracy that has the Sharia as its constitution. Trust me, in reality, everything that happens there is assessed on one basic principle: "will this or will it not benefit the House of Saud". The people who run Iran will do whatever they think suits their interests best, and don't care very much about Islam. Communist countries are run for the benefit of the party elite, capitalist countries are run for the benefit of corporate elites. The ideologies that elites (whether communist, capitalist or Islamist) profess never get in the way of their pursuit of their own self-interest. Unless you understand this basic principle, you will fail to get how our world operates. "Mad mullahs" is just a propaganda term to keep simpletons from thinking too much about what their government is doing. The mullahs are self-interested elites who actions are perfectly explicable and rational with respect to their desire to pursue their own self-interest.

  • brett.susan - 2011-12-02 19:02

    Iranians are not Barbarians. I know a few and they are fantastic with the same outlook in life as most westerners. They are educated and peace loving and they are dreadfully worried about whats happening in their country and the what their government is getting up to. Al Jazeera's informative discussion last night made it clear just how devistating a war would be for the region. The problem is that Iran now gets its trading support from China and sanctions only help so much. No one has a clear answer to this situation but I have the feeling that a "pre-emptive strike" will be on the cards within the next 6 months- all the signs are there for Iran to be taken out. Syria is destabilized, Saudi Arabia is calling for it. Israel has been planing it for years, Turkey is calling for it and now Britain is looking like they are a few days away from taking more drastic action. Tighten your seat belts.

      Dirk - 2011-12-02 23:01

      I should correct myself. I dont mean that a person is a barbarian by virtue of his/her Iranian nationality. I am talking about the regime which would be quite happy to use their people as cannon fodder as they did in the war against Iraq

      Fidel - 2011-12-03 06:03

      Aren't American and British Corporations using their soldiers as cannon fodder in order to expand their business empires. What benefits did the Iraqi war bequeth to the ordinary British and american citizens besides a huge bill running into trillions of dollars. Iraq supported by the US and Britain were the agressors in the ten year old war between Iran and Iraq because Iran was too independent and would not toe the line. You have served your western governments well by first hating on Russia, then Muslims and currently Iran and China.

  • Barry - 2011-12-04 08:42

    According to Dirk every country that is not a "western christian" state is a barbarian state. Sorry that is just pure and simple BULL.

  • Greg - 2012-01-06 10:39

    Comments are being removed!!! Screw you admin.

  • Garth - 2012-01-06 13:49

    Sabre-rattling fortunately does not always lead to a sword fight.

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