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Archive for September 25, 2022

Newsline: Riots erupts near Iranian embassy in London

Violent street protests erupted outside the Iranian embassy in London on Sunday, with rocks thrown at police and five protesters arrested. Large crowds have been gathering all week outside the Knightsbridge compound in protest against the death in Iranian police custody of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini on Sept. 16. London’s Metropolitan Police said that “a substantial group” of the large crowd were “intent on causing disorder” and confirmed that reinforcements had been called in when protesters tried to break police lines and storm towards the embassy compound. A number of police officers were injured in the skirmishes though none seriously, and some arrests were made for violent disorder. (https://news.yahoo.com/unrest-erupts-near-iranian-embassy-184036900.html) The Iranian Foreign Ministry’s website said it summoned Simon Shercliff, the U.K.‘s ambassador to Iran, on Saturday and protested the hosting of critical Farsi-language media outlets. The ministry alleges the news outlets have provoked disturbances and the spread of riots in Iran at the top of their programs. Iran said it considers the news agencies’ reporting to be interference in Iran’s internal affairs and acts against its sovereignty.

Newsline: Iran will make ‘proportional’ response to Ukraine reducing ties

Iran is planning “proportional action” in response to Ukraine’s decision to downgrade diplomatic ties over the reported supply of Iranian drones to Russia, the Iranian foreign ministry spokesperson said on Saturday. Nasser Kanaani said Ukraine should “refrain from being influenced by third parties who seek to destroy relations between the two countries”, a ministry statement said. Kanaani said Ukraine’s decision was “based on unconfirmed reports and resulted from a media hype by foreign parties”. (https://news.yahoo.com/iran-regrets-ukraines-downgrading-ties-110001232.html) Ukraine said on Friday that it would withdraw accreditation of the Iranian ambassador and significantly reduce the number of diplomatic staff at the Iranian embassy in Kyiv over Tehran’s decision to supply Russian forces with drones, a move President Volodymyr Zelenskiy called “a collaboration with evil”.