Iranians and cops clash outside British embassy


TEHERAN: Iranian demonstrators clashed with security forces on Friday as they again tried to storm the British embassy here, an AFP reporter witnessed. 

Riot police made several baton charges to push back a crowd of more than 300 protesters. 

Several demonstrators were hurt, while the crowd threw stones and firecrackers at the embassy. 

It was the sixth such demonstration against the British embassy in 11 days in protest at the actions of the US-led coalition in Iraq, in which Britain is a key component. 

Hundreds of Iranian men and women, even children, declared their willingness to carry out suicide attacks in Iraq and Israel following weekly Friday prayers. 

The “volunteers” signed their names and gave their telephone numbers to an obscure group calling itself the Committee for the Commemoration of Martyrs of the World Islamic Movement. 

A spokesman, Mohammad Yasser Samadi, said the action was to “show our friends in Iraq and all other Muslims that we are ready to give our lives to defend our honour and Islam's”. 

There was no evidence the action was anything more than symbolic. – AFP  

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