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4 arrested after balcony protest at Iranian embassy in London

4 arrested after balcony protest at Iranian embassy in London

Friday's raid on Iran's embassy building in London by members of the Shirazi cult was a flagrant violation of worldwide law and laid bare the true image of its deviated ideology, Iran's ambassador to Britain said.

Iran's ambassador to London Hamid Baidinejad on his Twitter identified the group as "members of the Shirazi cult", a label Iranian officials and security forces usually use for the followers of Ayatollah Sadeq Shirazi.

"Immediately after the incident was reported, Dr. Araqchi, the [Iranian] deputy foreign minister for political affairs, expressed the Islamic Republic of Iran's strong protest to the British ambassador to Tehran and demanded that the United Kingdom police fully protect our diplomats in London and immediately deal with the assailants", said Qassemi.

London police said on March 9 that the four men, who remained in custody, were arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and being unlawfully on diplomatic premises.

It is understood the protesters did not manage to get inside the building and came down voluntarily after a couple of hours.

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In a later tweet, Baeedinejad asserted that all embassy employees are safe and no one was hurt in the incident.

"Britain is responsible for the safety of Iranian diplomats", said the spokesman, Bahram Qasemi.

Hopton, for his part, expressed regret over the incident and explained about the performance of the United Kingdom police and the arrest of protesters, and said he will convey Iran's message to London and will provide Tehran with answers as soon as possible.

Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Sadegh Hossein Shirazi, whose son was recently arrested for insulting Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has been a fierce critic of Iran's clerical leadership.

IRNA reported that the men were armed with knives and sticks, which was not confirmed by police.