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Officers suffer serious injuries in Iran Embassy clash with protesters

Five officers are currently in hospital with injuries sustained while policing the protest.

Several officers have been injured and five are in hospital following a clash with protesters outside the Iranian embassy on Sunday.

Dozens of demonstrators were calling for an end to the Islamic Republic of Iran as part of a worldwide series of protests sparked by the death of 22 year old Mahsa Amini in custody after being detained by Iranian morality police. She was arrested for allegedly violating the strictly enforced dress code. 

Scotland Yard said the disorder at Sunday’s protest initially broke out in the immediate vicinity of the embassy before moving to Marble Arch and then to Maida Vale where the Islamic Centre of England was targeted.

12 people were arrested on suspicion of violent disorder while injuries sustained by officers include broken bones.

Footage shared showed protestors shouting and pushing against officers who formed a line in front of the embassy yesterday afternoon.

Crowds chanted “Death to the Islamic Republic” and waved Iran’s former national flag from before 1979.

Riot police were also seen trying to clear protestors from the road near Marble Arch. Masonry, bottles and other projectiles were also thrown.

Scotland Yard said officers were able to protect the security of the embassy, and by 7.30pm the protestors had been clear from the area outside the embassy but a handful of officers remained outside the building.

A S.35 dispersal order is in place for the nest 48 hours in the area.

Commander Karen Findlay said: “We respect the right of people to protest peacefully and always work with organisers to make that possible, but we will not tolerate unprovoked attacks on our officers as we have seen today or protest that leaves other communities feeling unsafe.

“We have officers in hospital tonight because they were attacked in what was a significant outbreak of violent disorder. We will make sure they get the support they need.

“We have already made a number of arrests, but we know there are people who were not caught tonight who committed serious offences.

“In the coming days, we will be using all the tools at our disposal – including CCTV and other footage – to identify those people and bring them to justice.”

It comes after Iran’s foreign ministry said on Sunday it had summoned Britain’s ambassador Simon Shercliff over what it described as a hostile atmosphere created by London-based Farsi language media outlets.

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