Iran pro-government militia chant ‘Death to England’ in embassy protest

Iranian members of the Basij militia march during a parade marking the country’s Army Day, on April 18, 2017, in Tehran. (File photo: AFP)

Pro-government militia members chanted “Death to England” in a protest outside the UK embassy in Tehran on Sunday, demanding its closure, according to Iran's semi-official Fars news agency.

Members of the Basij militia, which is affiliated with Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), gathered outside the embassy on Sunday afternoon.

The protests come after Iran temporarily arrested the UK Ambassador Rob Macaire, for allegedly interfering in domestic affairs by allegedly attending a protest in front of Tehran’s Amir Kabir University. 

Macaire denied he took part in the protests, tweeting on Sunday: “Can confirm I wasn’t taking part in any demonstrations! Went to an event advertised as a vigil for victims of #PS752 tragedy.”

Protests broke out in Tehran against the IRGC on Saturday following its admission to shooting down a civilian airplane near Tehran on Wednesday, killing all 176 people on board.

The angry protesters shouted chants against the IRGC and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 14:06 - GMT 11:06
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