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Norway police arrest 95 rioters over ‘acting aggressively’ against Iranian embassy

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Policemen are seen surrounding rioters outside Iran's embassy to Norway in Oslo on September 29, 2022. (Photo by AFP)

Norwegian police have arrested 95 rioters who had behaved “violently” and “aggressively” during an unannounced demonstration against the Iranian embassy in Oslo.

Operations manager of Oslo police district, Bjørn Gunnar Nysæter, told NTB that a total of 85 of the 95 people arrested on Thursday were taken to the detention center.

Nine of them were arrested for damage to the embassy area and/or violence against the police, including in the form of stone-throwing, he added.

The Norwegian police are also set to go through some video material from the demonstration for further investigations.

Meanwhile, Gjermund Stokkli, an official with Oslo police, confirmed that tear gas had been used to control the crowd.

No injuries to police personnel have been reported, he said, adding that there has been damage to the facade and fences belonging to the embassy.

The riots began at around 2 PM on Thursday in front of the embassy, where many of the rioters were behaving violently and aggressively, according to Norwegian media.

Several rioters also tried to get into the embassy but the police controlled the situation by deploying a “significant” number of officers.

Photos from the scene show that some of the rioters carried Kurdish flags.

Since last Saturday, Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has launched a series of aerial raids on the positions of Iraqi Kurdistan-based terrorist groups, including the so-called Komala Party, which has gained a strong foothold in the region bordering Iran.

The operations came in response to the dispatching of terror teams and a large cache of weapons to western Iranian regions aimed at creating unrest following the death of a 22-year-old Iranian woman.

In a statement on Thursday, the IRGC Ground Force said that the operations against terror bases will continue until all anti-Iran separatist and terrorist outfits holed up in the rugged mountainous area lay down their arms and surrender.

Similar riots against Iranian representative offices have also been reported in other cities, including at the Iranian embassy in London on Sunday.

Anti-Iranian Western officials have been trying to hijack the tragedy to promote anarchy and “regime change” rallies inside Iran, although, the Islamic Republic’s highest authorities have ordered a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of the woman, identified as 22-year-old Mahsa Amini.


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