The ransacked offices of the UK embassy in Tehran are said to be the work of militant students in the area. The embassyâ€™s smashed windows and a burning British flag have become the picture of todayâ€™s newspapers. This move has come directly after the UK has vowed to endorse further sanctions to Iran.
In a press release, the UKâ€™s Foreign Offices have said to be â€œoutragedâ€ by the backlash. Iranian offices have also released a statement of regret. The UK Foreign office has also advised all Britons in Iran to stay indoors and to keep a very low profile while in the country.
Onlookers have said that they heard â€œdeath To Englandâ€ being chanted as the students rioted against police. One protester has been reported as waving a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II while turning over desktops and rummaging through the files of the embassy.
Pictures of the event showed embassy paperwork set aflame while a car inside the compound was also on fire. Embassy staff is said to have escaped through the backdoor of the facility. Tear gas was fired as the security forces tried to get a handle on the situation.
The US has condemned the attack and support the UK as it tries to pick up the pieces of their embassy. France and Russia have also expressed their concern and stand by the UK.
This has all been sparked by the theory of Iranâ€™s nuclear development program as the UK has imposed monetary sanctions on the banks of Iran. They have accused the banks of funding the nuclear program. Iran has denied these claims and insists that their nuclear program is solely for energy purposes for their people.
On Sunday, the Iranian parliament voted by a vast majority to reduce their relations with the UK.