Posted: Nov 29, 2011 3:22 PM
Source: Associated Press
TEHRAN, Iran - Police appear to be back in control of the British Embassy in Tehran, after it was stormed earlier today by hard-line Iranian students.
They brought down the Union Jack flag, burned an embassy vehicle and threw documents from windows. The scenes were reminiscent of the seizing of the U.S. Embassy compound in 1979.
The mob surged past riot police to enter the embassy complex, two days after Iran's parliament approved a bill reducing diplomatic relations with Britain. The vote followed London's support of upgraded Western sanctions on Tehran over its nuclear program.
Even though police seem to be in control of the embassy complex, Iran's official news agency says about 300 protesters have entered the British ambassador's residence in another part of the city, and replaced British flags with Iranian ones.
Britain's foreign office says it's in contact with embassy officials. A spokeswoman says officials are checking on the well-being of workers and diplomats.
Britain is warning its citizens in Iran to "stay inside and keep a low profile."