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Danish embassy in Iran comes under attack

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Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Feb. 06 – Hand grenades and cocktail Molotovs were hurled at the Danish embassy in Tehran as several hundred radical Islamists attacked the compound Monday night in protest to the publishing of several cartoons in a Danish daily depicting the prophet Mohammad negatively. Iran Focus

Tehran, Iran, Feb. 06 – Hand grenades and cocktail Molotovs were hurled at the Danish embassy in Tehran as several hundred radical Islamists attacked the compound Monday night in protest to the publishing of several cartoons in a Danish daily depicting the prophet Mohammad negatively.

The protestors, members of the Bassij – an offshoot of the Revolutionary Guards – demanded that the Danish ambassador be expelled from Iran.

There were chants of “Death to America” and “Death to Denmark” as Danish flags were set on fire.

The embassy had been evacuated before the attack took place.

Parts of the embassy compound were set on fire during the attack which followed a similar fiery attack on the Austrian embassy earlier in the day.

Some 200 hard-line members of the paramilitary Bassij force held a violent protest outside the Austrian embassy protesting the publishing of the cartoons in European dailies as well as a resolution adopted by the board of governors of the United Nations nuclear watchdog reporting Tehran’s nuclear file to the Security Council.

Protestors attacked the embassy with fire bombs and stones, shattering several windows and setting on fire parts of the compound.

Austria currently holds the European Union’s rotating Presidency. On Saturday, the board of governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency adopted a European resolution reporting Tehran’s nuclear file to the Security Council.

On Sunday, Iran’s Majlis (Parliament) Speaker said that the recent cartoons depicting the prophet Mohammad which have sparked a wave of protests across Europe were linked to the international dispute over the Islamic Republic’s refusal to end its sensitive nuclear activities.

Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel told Majlis deputies, “The West cannot tolerate Muslims’ dignity and authority so it is determined to humiliate them”.

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