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Protesters clash with police outside Iranian embassy in London

Protesters have clashed with police outside the Iranian embassy in London as they call for an end to the Islamic Republic of Iran.

September 26, 2022
By Luke O'Reilly and Rebecca Speare-Cole, PA
26 September 2022

Protesters have clashed with police outside the Iranian embassy in London as they call for an end to the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Dozens of demonstrators gathered at the embassy in Princes Gate, Knightsbridge, London, on Sunday afternoon.

It comes as protests in Iranian cities have spread across the world, sparked by the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in custody after being detained by Iranian morality police.

Turkey Iran Protest
(Francisco Seco/AP)

Angry protesters could be seen shouting and pushing against officers who had formed a line in front of the embassy.

Crowds chanted “Death to the Islamic Republic” and waved Iran’s former national flag from before 1979.

Footage shared online also showed violent altercations breaking out among those in the crowd.

Scotland Yard said several police officers have been injured during the protests, although none are thought to be seriously hurt.

The force said the crowd showed “substantial group intent on causing disorder”, as protesters beached the police lines and threw missiles at officers.

Five people had been arrested on suspicion of violent disorder offences, the force said.

“A significant policing presence will remain in and around the area to monitor the situation,” the Met Police said.

It comes after Iran’s foreign ministry said on Sunday it had summoned Britain’s ambassador Simon Shercliff over what it described as a hostile atmosphere created by London-based Farsi language media outlets.

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