Protesters held after scaling Iran embassy in London: police

Four protesters were arrested after gaining access to the balcony of the Iranian embassy in London, prompting a complaint from Tehran about security at the building. (Reuters)
Updated 10 March 2018
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Protesters held after scaling Iran embassy in London: police

LONDON: Four protesters were arrested after gaining access to the balcony of the Iranian embassy in London on Friday, police said, prompting a complaint from Tehran about security at the building.
“We were called at 4.20 p.m. (1620 GMT) to reports of four protesters on the balcony of the Iranian embassy in Princes Gate, Knightsbridge,” a spokeswoman for London’s Metropolitan Police said.
At around 6.40 p.m. (1840 GMT) all four men were arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and being unlawfully on diplomatic premises.
“All four people have been taken to a central London police station. They remain there in custody,” the spokeswoman said.
It is understood the protesters did not manage to get inside the building.
Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said Tehran made a strong protest to the British government over the incident, according to the IRNA state news agency.
The report said supporters of an “extreme cult” living in Britain were responsible.
Iran’s deputy foreign minister Abbas Araghchi made his protest known to the British ambassador in Tehran, demanding “absolute protection of our diplomats in London and immediate dealing of the police with the attackers,” IRNA said.
In 1980, six gunmen who supported a dissident Iranian group took over the Iranian embassy in London, taking more than two dozen hostages.
After a six-day siege, British special forces raided the building, killing five of the gunmen and arrested another. Two of the hostages also died.


Australian court remands man charged in Israeli student’s killing until June

Updated 12 min 57 sec ago
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Australian court remands man charged in Israeli student’s killing until June

  • The student, Aiia Maasarwe, was killed when walking home after a night out with friends in Melbourne
  • The crime sparked protests across major cities demanding safety for women

SYDNEY: An Australian court on Monday remanded to custody until June a man accused of killing an Israeli student, a court spokeswoman said, adding that he did not seek bail.
The student, Aiia Maasarwe, 21, was killed when walking home after a night out with friends in Melbourne, Australia’s second-largest city, sparking protests across major cities demanding safety for women.
Codey Herrmann, 20, whom media have described as an aspiring songwriter, appeared in court after being charged last week with the murder, the spokeswoman for the Melbourne Magistrate Court said.
“No application for bail was made, and the case was adjourned until June,” she said.
A lawyer representing Herrmann did not immediately respond to a request from Reuters for comment.