Sep 26, 2022 11:35 UTC
  • Islamic Republic supporters confront MKO rioters outside Iran's embassy in UK

Violent rioters who assembled in front of the Islamic Center of England in north-west London on Sunday faced stiff resistance from the supporters of the Islamic Republic of Iran who joined the police to foil the unruly demonstration.

According to Press TV, the crowd of demonstrators affiliated with the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MK0), an anti-Iran terrorist group, had gathered in Maida Vale on Sunday, throwing stones at the police and the windows of the center and breaking the glass.

One of the rioters climbed his way to the top of the center’s roof but was stopped by the police officers before he could vandalize the property.

Earlier in the day, at least five people were arrested for resorting to "aggressive acts" following violent protests in front of the Iranian embassy in London, according to reports.

This came after hundreds of unruly demonstrators clashed with riot police in London over the death of Mahsa Amini, a young Iranian woman who died in a hospital a few days after collapsing at a police station in the capital Tehran, where she and a group of others were receiving educational training on dress code rules.

The demonstrators reportedly pelted stones at the police and resorted to vandalism outside the Iranian diplomatic mission in the country.

The investigation to ascertain the cause of her death is currently underway, but preliminary reports suggest that she died of a cardiac arrest, ruling out any foul play or torture in the police custody. 

The development came after Iran's foreign ministry summoned the British Ambassador in Tehran, Simon Shercliff, over the creation of a "hostile atmosphere" by London-based Farsi-language media outlets and MKO rioters.

In a statement, the Ministry said a "strong protest" was registered against the UK government for "hosting" the media and MKO rioters that has "incited disturbances and riots" while calling it "interference" in Iran's internal affairs and the violation of the country's sovereignty. 

Apart from the UK, there have been demonstrations in other European countries as well, including Italy and France.

Footage circulating on social media showed French police officers making several protesters lie on the ground and handcuffing them.

By throwing Molotov cocktails and chanting derogatory slogans against the French police and the Iranian government, the participants tried to force the officers to retreat. However, their efforts were thwarted by the police.