While the entry into the compound of the British embassy in Tehran has provided the grounds for forgetting the main reasons behind the historical protest by Iran's Majlis (Parliament) and the revolutionary students against Britain last year, the second anniversary of the martyrdom of Iranian nuclear scientist Majid Shahriari presents an opportunity to further review the role of the UK’s evil government toward the Iranian people.
In autumn 2012, when the head of Britain’s secret intelligence agency MI6, John Sawers, went in front of the cameras, a question was posed to the public, what did bring the agency’s chief for the first time in the last hundred years before lens? Iran's nuclear energy program was the most important part of his speech. Sawers announced that MI6 was conducting “intelligence-led operations” with the aim of stopping Iran's nuclear energy program. However, his remarks were a master key to decrypt the upcoming events. The master key also seemed to be an order to start a new and inhumane campaign against the Iranians.
"Stopping nuclear proliferation cannot be addressed purely by conventional diplomacy. We need intelligence-led operations to make it more difficult for countries like Iran to develop nuclear weapons," Sawers said in October 2010.
According to a report published by Rajanews, on November 29, 2010, shortly after Sawers remarks, Professor Majid Shahriari and Dr. Fereydoun Abbasi, among the key and most prominent Iranian nuclear scientists, were targeted by terrorist attacks in two separate incidents. Shahriari was killed immediately and Abbasi, the current head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, sustained injuries. In fact, the assassination of the Iranian nuclear scientists was a practical translation of Sawers comments and what he meant by intelligence operations against Iran's nuclear energy program.
A year later in November 2011, when student groups were preparing to hold the anniversary of the martyrdom of the innocent Iranian scientist, the UK announced a decision to impose new sanctions on Iran's financial sector and banking system, including the Central Bank of Iran. But, many considered the move by the British government as the declaration of an economic war against the Islamic Republic.
Britain’s decision to cut off all financial interactions with Iran along with its hostile policies towards the Islamic Republic over the past years, especially during the 2009 post-election unrest, led Iran's Majlis to approve the general outlines of a bill, aimed at downgrading the Islamic Republic's relations with the UK. In an open session of the Majlis on November 27, 2011, the double-urgency bill was approved with an absolute majority of 179 votes in favor. Those who were against the bill, argued that the diplomatic ties between Tehran and London should not be downgraded but cut instead.
A few days later on November 29, on the first anniversary of the martyrdom of Majid Shahriari, students from Tehran universities staged a demonstration outside the British embassy to express their anger against the UK’s role in the assassination of the Iranian scientist and its hostile action to cease business relationships with the Central Bank of Iran. But the gathering was affected after some of the students entered the compound of the embassy in Tehran.
The protest caused ties to be cut between Iran and Britain once again, as the Islamic Republic recognized that having no ties with the old colonizer because of its complicity in the plots against Iran throughout the history is less costly than having relations with one of Iran’s major enemies in the international arena.
The incident provoked different reactions and various analyses. After several months, in a meeting with students in the holy month of Ramadan this year, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said, “For instance, let’s suppose the issue of the evil embassy… the evil government… Now it is clear what we mean by evil, no need to mention the name. Well, the emotions of the youth were right but their behaviour was not.”
While the entry into the compound of the British embassy in Tehran provided the grounds for forgetting the main reasons behind the historical protest by Iran's Majlis and the revolutionary students against Britain last year, the second anniversary of the martyrdom of Iranian nuclear scientist Majid Shahriari presented an opportunity to further review the role of the UK’s evil government toward the Iranian people.
Britain played a role in diverting the Constitutional Revolution, plundering Iran's oil and organizing the 1953 Iranian coup d'état (also known as 28 Mordad coup). The UK’s conspiracies against the Islamic Republic entered a new and extremely hostile phase, when it continued its subversive activities by designing and issuing the assassination decree of Iranian scientists in the recent years and also playing a fundamental role in the imposition of illegal unilateral sanctions against Iran. The UK’s wickedness does not seem to be simply faded from the minds of the Iranian people. In a speech to people in the province of North Khorasan, the Leader also said that the Iranians have bad memories of Britain and for this reason called the country “evil Britain”.