Wednesday Nov 30, 201111:40 AM GMT
Iran police vows to protect UK diplomats
Wed Nov 30, 2011 11:43AM
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Deputy Commander of the Iranian police Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Radan
Following a student protest outside the UK embassy in Tehran, Deputy Commander of the Iranian police Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Radan vows to further tighten security for the UK embassy's staff.


In a meeting with Britain's Ambassador to Tehran Dominick John Chilcott and staff of the embassy on Wednesday, Radan urged the British diplomats not to be anxious about their security.

He added that a number of individuals that entered the embassy on Tuesday were arrested while some others have been identified, noting that measures are under way to apprehend them.

The official further explained that police also arrested a number of individuals that entered a second British diplomatic compound in northern Tehran.

Radan stated that investigations are underway to determine how the protesters entered the embassy and added that the arrested people would be handed over to judicial officials.

The British ambassador and diplomats expressed their appreciation to Iran's police over measures to arrest those who entered the embassy.

Hundreds of Iranian students staged a major protest rally at the British Embassy in Tehran on Tuesday, pulled down the UK flag and demanded the expulsion of the British envoy to Tehran.

The protesters also waged another protest march outside a second British diplomatic compound in northern Tehran.

Iran's Foreign Ministry expressed regret in a statement over the “unacceptable actions” of a number of protesters during the student demonstrations in front of the British embassy in Tehran.

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