As the footages show, a group of men dressed in black climbed the façade of the Iranian embassy in London and have taken down Iran’s flag. The footage was posted online. A man climbed the balcony of the embassy building and took down the Iranian flag.
Video purportedly showing a group of assailants attack Iran Embassy in London pic.twitter.com/tRzsx9KzWC
— Press TV (@PressTV) March 9, 2018
According to the Fars News Agency, the men assailed the Iranian embassy at 4:30 p.m. local time. With their weapons in their hands they threat people on the scene. They climbed the embassy building and took down the Iranian flag.
NE TSG U3.2 don't cherry pick their jobs!! Called to assist at Iranian Embassy after 4 protesters got onto the balcony. Team working with @LAS_HART @LFBWestminster . 4 males arrested #JobLikeNoOther #TSG #CherryPicker #WorkingAtHeights ^LM pic.twitter.com/5PfZ4lXHM7
— MetTaskforce (@MetTaskforce) March 9, 2018
The news was spread so fast since the Metropolitan Police interfered to calm down the situation. The men who wore black cloths got to the roof and the police tried to negotiate in order to make them to come down. The journalist Nahayat Tizhoosh tweeted, citing fellow journalist Laura McQuillan.
Iran Embassy London UPDATE: Iran's flag taken down, protesters hoist their flag at balcony of Iran Embassy pic.twitter.com/FccV11tlv3
— Khalid khi (@khalid_pk) March 9, 2018
Finally the police arrested four of them, as Iran’s Ambassador to the UK, Hamid Baeidinejad said. According to him more perpetrators could still be on the grounds of the embassy and more protection is needed.
متعرضان فقط روي بالكن بيروني ساختمان سفارت بوده و در محاصره پليس هستند. همكاران همه در داخل سفارت در آرامش و امنيت هستند. pic.twitter.com/WBdpnhF5tF
— Hamid Baeidinejad (@baeidinejad) March 9, 2018
However, as BBC Persian contributor Hossein Aghaie tweeted, the men in black were in fact supporters of Shirazi. This has been guessed since Shirazi’s son Hossein has been recently arrested for criticizing and condomning Iran’s government.
#Iranian Embassy in #London has been attacked by supporters of Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah #Shirazi, whose son Hossein had recently labelled Iran's Leader a “Pharaoh” and was arrested in March.
The masked assailants touting machetes dragged down Iranian flag, chanted slogans. https://t.co/3wLSnvNg84
— Hossein Aghaie (@Haghaie) March 9, 2018
“A few followers of [late Shia Muslim cleric Grand Ayatollah Muhammad al-] Shirazi have attacked the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Embassy in London and broke the flag mast,” said Hamid Baeidinejad. The raiders were “chanting slogans against Iranian officials,” he added.