Iranian demonstrators burn the Union flag and hold up posters proclaiming ‘Down With England’ in protest outside the British embassy in Tehran amid deepening row over ambassador’s arrest
-> Protesters rejoiced as they set alight Israeli and British flags as they gathered outside the British embassy
-> They called for the expulsion of the British ambassador to Iran, Rob Macaire, after his arrest
-> The incident yesterday has sparked a diplomatic row between London and Tehran
Jack Newman – Mail Online Jan 12, 2020
Hundreds of Iranian protesters have gathered in front of the British Embassy in Tehran to burn Union flags during an anti-Britain demonstration.
The hardliners chanted ‘Death to Britain’ and held aloft placards reading ‘Down with England’, prompted by the brief arrest of Britain’s ambassador to Iran yesterday.
They rejoiced as they set alight Israeli and British flags as the crisis continues to escalate in the region following the death of General Qassem Soleimani.
Diplomat Rob Macaire was present during demonstrations against Ayatollah Khamenei in front of Tehran’s Amir Kabir University yesterday and was arrested after allegedly ‘organising, provoking and directing radical actions’.
He claims he was only attending a vigil for the victims of the Boeing crash but he was detained despite it being illegal to arrest diplomats.
The move has sparked a diplomatic row between London and Tehran after Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab denounced Mr Macaire’s detention as a ‘flagrant violation’ of international law.
Some Iranians have taken to the streets to share their disgust at Britain and its ambassador, calling for him to be expelled from the country today.
While others have turned on the regime after it admitted mistakenly shooting down a Ukrainian airliner, killing 176 people.