British Sailor Standoff Sparks Protest in Tehran
Posted on Apr 1, 2007
Two of the 15 captured British sailors are reportedly scheduled to appear on Iranian TV Sunday to offer their “confessions” for trespassing in Iranian waters on March 23. The incident has provoked unrest in Tehran, where Sunday some 200 angry students hurled firecrackers and rocks at the British Embassy, chanting “Death to Britain” and “Death to America,” according to the BBC.
The BBC’s correspondent, who was outside the embassy when the missiles were thrown, said the demonstrators were hardline Islamist students from Tehran University.
The protesters, whose demonstration was allowed by the Iranian government, were chanting “Death to Britain” and calling for the deportation of the British ambassador, she said.