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Bosonic Donating Member (774 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 06:24 AM
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Hardline Iranian students have broken into the British Embassy in Tehran
Edited on Tue Nov-29-11 06:42 AM by Bosonic
Source: AP

Currently just an AP newsflash. Updates to follow no doubt.

@AP BREAKING: Hardline Iranian students have broken into the British Embassy in Tehran. -EC
http://twitter.com/#!/AP/status/141493203080724480


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Iran protesters break into UK embassy in Tehran

Protesters in the Iranian capital, Tehran, have broken into the UK embassy compound during an anti-British demonstration, reports say.

Militant students are said to have removed the British flag, burnt it and replaced it with the Iranian flag.

They were also shown live on Iranian state TV throwing stones at embassy windows and breaking them.

The move comes after Iran agreed to reduce ties following the UK's decision to impose further sanctions on Iran.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-15936213
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drm604 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 06:33 AM
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1. Twitter must be getting a lot of traffic
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drm604 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 06:33 AM
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2. Wow. Deja Vu.
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no_hypocrisy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 06:35 AM
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3. Here we go again.
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 03:58 PM
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dipsydoodle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 06:43 AM
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4. Link here
Hardline Iranian students have broken into the British Embassy in Tehran, the Associated Press reports.

Update at 7:35 a.m. ET: Dozens of hard-line Iranian students stormed the British Embassy in Tehran today, bringing down the British flag and throwing documents from windows, the AP reports. The students clashed with anti-riot police and chanted "the Embassy of Britain should be taken over" and "death to England."

Original post: The attack came after a crowd of about 1,000 people gathered in front of the building for an anti-British demonstration, CNN reports.

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/ondeadline/post...
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Eugene Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 06:43 AM
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5. AP: Hard-line Iranian students storm British Embassy in Tehran amid rising diplomatic tensions
Source: Associated Press

Hard-line Iranian students storm British Embassy in Tehran amid rising diplomatic tensions

By Associated Press, Updated: Tuesday, November 29, 8:33 AM

TEHRAN,Iran Dozens of hard-line Iranian students have stormed the British Embassy in Tehran, bringing down the British flag and throwing documents from windows.

The students clashed with anti-riot police and chanted the Embassy of Britain should be taken over and death to England.

-snip-


Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle-east/hard-li...
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Dennis Donovan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 07:12 AM
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6. Students have raised the Iranian flag over the embassy...
...waiting for the staff to be paraded out, blidfolded in 3, 2, 1...
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Sanity Claws Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 07:19 AM
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7. Any hostages?
This seems like a bad case of deja vu.

Wonder whether we will arms for hostages again.
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muriel_volestrangler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 08:46 AM
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10. 6 hostages claimed for a short time, then withdrawn
Iran's semi-official Mehr news agency said protesters took six British diplomatic staff hostage from an embassy compound in the north of the city but it withdrew the story from its website minutes later without giving any explanation.

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2011/11/29/uk-iran-britai...

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Bosonic Donating Member (774 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 09:36 AM
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14. Iranian police secure release of six British embassy staff taken hostage by hardline students
Iranian police secure release of six British embassy staff taken hostage by hardline students -Fars agency
http://twitter.com/#!/Reuters/status/141539939534905345
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AngryAmish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 08:03 AM
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8. This is an act of war
Mine the harbors, blow their bridges.
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Uben Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 08:21 AM
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9. Damn! Cheney is already sending WMDs to be found.
He'll be damned if that is gonna happen again.
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BridgeTheGap Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 08:52 AM
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11. News Alert: Tehran Protesters Storm British Embassy
Source: New York Times

Iranian Students Storm British Embassy in Tehran, Associated Press Reports

In the latest sign of deteriorating relations with the West, around 20 Iranian protesters entered the British Embassy compound in Tehran chanting "death to England," tearing down a British flag and ransacking offices, news reports said.

The episode came a day after Iran enacted legislation on Monday to downgrade relations with Britain in retaliation for intensified sanctions imposed by Western nations last week to punish the Iranians for their suspect nuclear development program. Britain promised to respond "robustly."

The British Foreign Office in London said it was "aware of the reports" from Tehran about its embassy on Tuesday, but declined to comment further.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/30/world/middleeast/tehr...


Read more: http://worldheaders.blogspot.com/2011/11/news-alert-teh...
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bigworld Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 08:52 AM
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12. Reuters says 6 hostages taken
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Muskypundit Donating Member (417 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 09:06 AM
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13. How do 20 unarmed protesters storm a western embassy.
In Iran of all places. Do they not have embassy guards? There is more to this story.
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peacetalksforall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 09:43 AM
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15. I am going to say it is "cooked up".. Our war panting drivin by Israel, US, Europe,
Edited on Tue Nov-29-11 09:44 AM by peacetalksforall
and probably with the approval of Canada and Australia, has been designed to create little incidents that provide that are insulting to us instead of one big incident that justifies the bombing of Iran?

No Second Pearl Harbors here, just a pile on of little incidents.

Until we know who the protestors are I vote that they are agent-provacateurs and may not even be Iranian.
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muriel_volestrangler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 10:01 AM
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16. MPs chanting 'Death to Britain' indicates there is genuine anti-British feeling in Iran
Why complicate things by pretending that any anti-British demonstration must be bogus, when the MPs (pretty safe to assume there aren't multiple British agents in there) show there is such feeling?
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BadtotheboneBob Donating Member (219 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 10:26 AM
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19. "... may not even be Iranian"?
Oh, please. What drivel.
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The Magistrate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 10:42 AM
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21. This, Sir, Takes The Mustard For Stupidest Post Of the Day
Try and inform yourself at least minimally about topics before comment on them....
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peacetalksforall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 03:24 PM
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26. To Muriel, Badtothebone, and Magistrate
You all took a similar position. I have mine. Time will tell.

Take countries panting to bomb Iran and the now the growing history of the use of provocateurs, plus the winner of all time - the 2nd Pearl Harbor and I should bury it all in the sand and believe every press release?

As I said - we'll see. We continue to learn the story behind the set-ups from plots all over the globe - Cuba, Timor, Spain, but we as mere citizens are supposed to know precisely what is true and what is not on the day it is reported?
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msanthrope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 04:06 PM
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28. Right. Because it's never happened before in that country.
I suppose a 1,000 agent provocateurs got snuck into the country???
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BadtotheboneBob Donating Member (219 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 10:31 PM
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30. LOL! Yeah! And the Revolutionary Guard just stood back...
... and let them do their thing in the heart of Tehran. I have no doubts that this was orchestrated by the Mullahs.
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Posteritatis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 06:38 PM
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29. Because Iranian protestors have such a pristine record on that front. (nt)
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Bosonic Donating Member (774 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 10:10 AM
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17. There seems to be video of a portion of it
Although I must confess the bank of cameras make it look a little like a press conference, which is a bit odd.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=...
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Bosonic Donating Member (774 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 10:25 AM
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18. There's still a bit more paper flinging scheduled
Iranian protesters again enter main British embassy compound in Tehran
http://twitter.com/#!/Reuters/status/141552358986481664
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McCamy Taylor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 10:28 AM
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20. Someone really wants that Iranian oil...enough to stage another embassy take over.
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closeupready Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 02:16 PM
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25. If so, I think this is less about oil and more about their nuclear facilities.
nt
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 12:24 AM
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31. +1 --
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pampango Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 11:53 AM
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22. Aljazeera: Iranian protesters storm UK embassy
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2011/11/201111...

Dozens of young Iranian men have entered buildings inside the British embassy compound in Tehran, throwing rocks, petrol bombs and burning documents looted from the offices. The semi-official Fars news agency said that earlier in the day, security forces were trying to eject the protesters, who were a minority from a larger group staging an anti-UK demonstration outside the compound.

Al Jazeera's Dorsa Jabbari, reporting from Tehran, said that the men, who had been cleared out of the embassy, had entered the embassy grounds for a third time. The men said that they would not leave until they get direct orders to do so from the Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Hossein Khamenei, said Jabbari.

Our correspondent said that the police and various ministries had prior knowledge of the protest, which was organised by the student arm of the Basij armed group. "Any such action of this could scale can never be independent in the Islamic Republic. These gatherings are always approved by higher officials," said Jabbari.

In an appearance on state television on Sunday, Sardar Mohamad Reza Naghdi, the commander of the Basij, said that the unit was "counting the moments" until it could strike against "Zionist forces".

Iran's Guardian Council approved a bill on Monday to downgrade Iran's ties with the UK, one day after the Iranian parliament approved the measure, compelling the government to expel the British ambassador in retaliation for the sanctions. In parliament in Tehran on Sunday, a politician had warned that Iranians angered by the sanctions could storm the British embassy as they did to the US mission in 1979.
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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 12:13 PM
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23. Holy deja vu!
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drm604 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 01:58 PM
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24. Sounds like it may be over.
http://www.cnn.com/2011/11/29/world/meast/iran-demonstr...
Police have succeeded in getting all the students inside the British Embassy compound to leave, the semi-official Fars news agency reported Tuesday evening. A number of the students were arrested while leaving the compound, Fars said.
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