Tuesday Nov 29, 201106:08 PM GMT
Iranian students pull down UK flag
Tue Nov 29, 2011 12:52PM
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Hundreds of Iranian students have pulled down the UK flag and demanded the expulsion of the British envoy to Tehran.

Following the approval of a bill aimed at downgrading ties with the UK by the Iran's Majlis parliament, students from different universities entered the compound of the British embassy in Tehran. However, police prevented them from entering the embassy itself.

Tehran police are trying to remove the students from the British embassy compound. According to reports, they are protecting the embassy building and the documents inside. The large crowds of people gathered outside the compound are being dispersed.

In northern Tehran, police entered a second British diplomatic compound to bring the situation under control. Police say all foreign nationals there are under protection of security forces.

The bill, which was also approved unanimously by Iran's Guardian Council (GC) on Monday, obliges the country's Foreign Ministry to expel Dominick John Chilcott within two weeks, thus reducing diplomatic ties with the UK government to the level of charge d'affaires.

The students called on the Iranian government to hasten the implementation of the bill.

The motion to downgrade ties with London was first presented to the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee in 2009, following the UK's interference in post-election unrests in Iran.

The bill was revived in response to Britain's hostile approach towards Iran and the sanctions imposed by London against the country's banking system and energy sector in coordination with the US and Canada over Tehran's nuclear program.

The sanctions were imposed after the International Atomic Energy Agency Board of Governors on November 18 passed a resolution against Iran's nuclear program based on the IAEA report which experts have dismissed as "unfounded, unbalanced and unprofessional.”

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