Introduction – Jan 12, 2020
We suspected that the West had been covertly involved in fomenting recent anti-government protests in Iran and this adds weight to our suspicions.
Britain’s Ambassador Rob Macaire was arrested last night after he attended what was claimed to have been a ‘vigil’ for passengers aboard the Ukrainian Boeing mistakenly shot down by Iran. However, the purported ‘vigil’ quickly turned into an anti-government protest, at which point Macaire left, the Guardian reports.
According to Fars News however, Macaire was arrested in front of the Amir Kabir University, where the vigil was being held for allegedly organizing and provoking mourners.
He was reportedly released several hours later but it is understood that he will be called by the Iranian Foreign Ministry to explain his case later today.
Britain’s Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab issued a statement condemning the detention of Macaire, saying it had been carried out “without grounds or explanation”.
However, Fars News reported “informed sources” as saying that Macaire had been holding secret meetings inside a shop opposite the main gate of the Amir Kabir University, where he had been monitoring events that led to the protest. Ed.
Britain’s ambassador to Iran is ARRESTED after ‘inciting protesters’ as locals clash with riot police in Tehran
Ellie Cambridge – The Sun Jan 12, 2020
THE UK’s ambassador to Iran was last night arrested after he was accused of “inciting” angry protests in Tehran.
Rob Macaire, 53, was in the furious crowds which clashed with cops, and was detained after photographing demonstrators.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the arrest of the ambassador – who was appointed as envoy in March 2018 – is a “flagrant violation of international law”.
He added: “The Iranian government is at a cross-roads moment.
“It can continue its march towards pariah status with all the political and economic isolation that entails, or take steps to deescalate tensions and engage in a diplomatic path forwards.”
Mr Macaire was detained for more than an hour before he was released.
The ambassador then denied claims he was involved in any demonstrations.
He tweeted: “Thanks for the many goodwill messages. Can confirm I wasn’t taking part in any demonstrations! Went to an event advertised as a vigil for victims of #PS752 tragedy.
“Normal to want to pay respects- some of victims were British. I left after 5 mins, when some started chanting.
“Detained half an hour after leaving the area. Arresting diplomats is of course illegal, in all countries.”
Locals had clashed with riot police as they stormed the streets of Tehran chanting “death to liars” and demanding the country’s supreme leader resigns.
The furious crowds’ demands for Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei to step down were sparked after the regime admitted it “unintentionally” shot down a Ukranian passenger plane.
Vigils for Iranian lives lost in Tuesday’s fatal crash turned angry as protesters hit out at the military blunder.
Riot cops flooded in with tear gas as they tried to break up the large groups outside Amirkabir University, who demanded justice.
Around 1,000 protesters chanted “down with the dictator” and “shame on IRGC [Revolutionary Guard], let the country go”.
While at Sharif University, crowds shouted “commander in chief, resign!” as demonstrators ripped up pictures of Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Guard’s Quds Force killed in a US drone strike.
The Boeing 737 flight came down on Tuesday, hours after Tehran launched a barrage of rockets against US targets in Iraq.
And Iran claimed the deaths of 176 people were due to the “aggressive” US, which led to the “catastrophic mistake.”
After repeated denials, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani admitted his forces gunned down the civilian aircraft because they mistook it for an American fighter plane.