The Union Jack burned outside the British Embassy in Tehran on Tuesday as angry Iranian protesters charged the compound, smashed windows and demonstrated their displeasure with the British government’s newly imposed sanctions in reaction to Iran’s purported plans to develop nuclear weapons. —KA
The UK’s Foreign Office said it was “outraged” by the actions.
“It is utterly unacceptable,” it said in a statement. “The Iranian government have a clear duty to protect diplomats and embassies in their country and we expect them to act urgently to bring the situation under control and ensure the safety of our staff and security of our property”.
It later updated its travel advice to Iran, urging Britons there to “stay indoors, keep a low profile and await further advice”.
The students clashed with riot police and chanted “the embassy of Britain should be taken over” and “death to England”, AP reports.