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Iran slams 'terrorist attack' on embassy

TT/AFP/The Local · 27 Jun 2009, 09:24

Published: 27 Jun 2009 09:24 GMT+02:00

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Iran summoned Swedish Ambassador Magnus Werndstedt following the incident.

"Following the terrorist attack by anti-revolutionary groups on Iran's embassy in Stockholm on Friday, the Swedish ambassador was summoned immediately," the IRNA report said.

The employee, whose nationality was not known, was hurt when protesters entered the compound and attacked him, according to Stockholm police.

He was punched and kicked and received medical attention at the embassy.

The protest outside the Iranian embassy in Stockholm broke out on Friday afternoon. Around 150 demonstrators, some of them wearing masks, began throwing rocks and trying to break into the embassy.

“People were yelling chants and cheers at the Iranian embassy for about an hour, and then about an hour later around 100 of the protesters entered the embassy compound through a gate,” Massood Mafan, a witness at the scene, told news agency TT.

“In the building itself they were stopped by guards.”

Mafan said that he had seen at least three people who were injured, including an older woman who was hit in the back with a nightstick.

The three to four police offers who were initially at the scene couldn't stop the protesters from storming the embassy. Around 20 patrol cars were later dispatched to the scene.

“It was a little chaotic out there. We have had demonstrations there for several days and it has been extremely calm. But (then) they started to put on masks and throw rocks and try to break into the compound,” said Janne Hedlund, commander on duty at the Stockholm police.

By 6:30 pm the situation outside the embassy was calm. Between 150 and 200 people remained outside yelling chants.

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“We are here because we demand that Sweden shut down the embassy and suspend all relations with Iran,” Mohammad Mohammad Bagheri, 29, told TT.

Ulf Höglund of the Stockholm police said the number of protesters inside the compound remains unconfirmed. Two people have been arrested on suspicion of vandalism.

According to police, there is no information about injured protesters, but one woman showed bruises she claimed were from a baton.

TT/AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

11:45 June 27, 2009 by jack sprat
To have only 3 or 4 police officers protecting an embassy where a bad situation had obviously already been developing for some time and was certainly to be expected, seems more than a little short sighted by those authorities responsible for taking care the place.
12:02 June 27, 2009 by SaltWater
Protesting is one thing, but attacking embassy employees!? Get a life, Sweden is being full of scum!
13:07 June 27, 2009 by ameribrit
As the old saying goes "What's good for the goose is good for the gander"

You can't condone the "storming" of an embassy one day and then complain about someone "storming" one yours the next.

Should the protesters have battered the employee? NO!

Should the Iranian students have taken US embassy personnel hostage? NO!
13:19 June 27, 2009 by Yendor
Protesting is one thing but attacking ANY embassy(entering the grounds) should be meet with by the use of deadly force by embassy personal to repel such an attack.
13:29 June 27, 2009 by Yendor
It does not matter how many "spies" an embassy has, if a country does not like it send all the embassy people home and close down the embassy, simple! Its like letting someone into your home and he "trashes" your home and you complain about it.
14:26 June 27, 2009 by goodbyeammar
we call this DOUBLE STANDARDS!

when israel massacres thousends palestinians, the swedish police crowded into the israeli embassy to protect it but now when iranian embassy is attacked by bunch of westrenized iranians, then it is ok.

i do not believe any government or journalist in the west talking about democracy and human rights.

here you have PALETINE! israel has been occupying palestine for decades , we did not see the same reaction from the sweet swedish media and government.

they called the legitimate fight against the terrorist israeli occupation as extremism or terrorism!!!

or maybe it is okey if israel kills and occupies...

please STOP talking about human rights. you ought to be silent because when you speak it smells fishy!

the swesdish government did not summoned the israeli creminal ambassador when israel shelled schools and hospitals in GAZA with white phosphorous.

15:37 June 27, 2009 by ameribrit
Wow! only 9 comments before someone hijacks it for the Palestine V Israel debate.
15:41 June 27, 2009 by Dazzler
LOL, you can damn near set your watch by it.
16:35 June 27, 2009 by sherkovic
respect democracy...respect the elected ones in iran!! stop being fanatic!!

The heading to this news should be 'EXTREMISTS ATTACK ON IRAN EMBASSY'

if western people are more concerned about democracy in eastern countries then they should first go and attack the embassies of saudia arabia, UAE, egypt, libya and etc!!

Stop bullshitting now in the name of demacracy!!!
16:50 June 27, 2009 by Eye_Witness
All incidents leave some trace of evidence behind it. This intentional rampage on the behest of western power would be enough evidence to demarcate between friends and foes. And certainly Sweden knows its position now. Stop yelling about values, rights, democracy, bla bla bla
17:05 June 27, 2009 by thesevensky
Attacking the Embassy and Embassy employees is an inhuman act by these misused and misguided anti iranian and pro shah supporters.
17:27 June 27, 2009 by Yendor
First the Swedish Goverment FAILED to protect/repel the demonstrators from entering the grounds of the embassy of Iran. Second the embassy guards FAILED to protect their embassy from being overun by demonstrators. The embassy guards should have used force to keep the demonstrators out. A few shots fired in the air would have got the attention of the Swedish police and the demonstrators!
17:51 June 27, 2009 by Uncle
All who are banging on about double standards.

When Israel is bombed with rockets for 9 years without answering, it is OK. When israelis are kidnapped and executed, it is OK. When the israeli sportsmen are attacked in Malmö, it is OK, when Iranians are sponsoring explosions in embassies, jewish centers and airplanes, it is OK. BUT when few iranian embassy employees are a little bit scared, everybody start crying and complaining and bringing up Israel. You are a miserable bunch.
18:22 June 27, 2009 by Kind Man
Punching and Kicking the diplomat in Stockholm reminds me the same attack which Iranian Mullah did to US embassy in Iran.

Swedish Police department needs to educate the Police to not follow double standards. it sucks in European Countries People attack embassy and kick diplomats.

What is the different between old Iran and Sweden now? Both attacked diplomats!

Shame on both! At least have some respect for diplomats!
21:42 June 27, 2009 by Guarauno
It is so good when hunters beacom hunted hahaha!.
21:43 June 27, 2009 by Guarauno
I meant become,sorry!
21:54 June 27, 2009 by Guarauno
People(citizens of such countries)who support terrorists and ditatorial governments should not be allowed to settle in democrat countries,it just doesn´t make sense,if they think their governments act right and their countries are liberty´s paradises well then why they want to leave?
22:14 June 27, 2009 by wxman
I'm elated! Some Viking b_ _ ls exibited here! Maybe, no longer standing in the sidelines, eh?
22:27 June 27, 2009 by Guarauno
In case you were refering to me,I am american and it doesn´t mean from the United States hahaha!
22:35 June 27, 2009 by KipHamilton
To the defenders of this despicable Islamic regime- Is there anything, no matter how hideous, the government of Iran could do which would change your minds? I sometimes think that your hatred of the US and Israel is so strong that it blinds you to evil elswhere. Should the Embassy have been attacked? No. But your comments go beyond that, and your refusal to condemn the acts of this truly ultra-conservative, intolerant government betrays the heroic Iranians who just want a bit of freedom, and to not be ground under foot by people who believe that criticism of their leadership is criticism of God.
22:43 June 27, 2009 by Guarauno
Probably there´s where the point is,they have to separate religion than politics but obviously iranian government use that as a tactics.
22:49 June 27, 2009 by Uncle
All of this reminds me of the muslim attacks of the Danish embassies. Because pictures of a man wearing pigs head from a FRENCH celebration in FRANCE were shown as the danish mocking of Muhammad. Even when the idiotic mistake was proved and shown, even when people died because of the muslim outrage on nothing, the muslims and iranians specifically did not bother to apologize. And the left wing peace lovers said that this is acceptable because it is their culture...
23:07 June 27, 2009 by Guarauno
Yeah Iran simply has no morals to demand anything.What a problematic religion they have.
09:21 June 28, 2009 by Eye_Witness
Axis of evils...... USA, IRAN, ISREAL. Imagine a world without these countries. Peace prevails everywhere.
09:25 June 28, 2009 by Iraniboy

This is the morality you've had about us:


As for US embassy, it wasn't attacked by Mullahs or government, it was attacked by students. There were actually no government in that time. US embassy was trying to run a coup to take their beloved brutal king back to power.

As for this attack on embassy I really appologise the Swedish polices who suffered from these idiots.

As for those 20 innocents who died in Iran, I'm deeply sorry and angered and I hope that their murderers come to justice very soon.
09:27 June 28, 2009 by Muttlestar Galactica
Yeah, cos Russia and China are a utopian dream.

Sod this , lets be ruled by the Sami/Inuits!
09:31 June 28, 2009 by ou2chi
"Trowbridge H. Ford" has really sung for his supper. Now it is time to compile all the wonderful poetry and take it to the accountant at the local propaganda bureau and collect the payment for a job well done. I am sure the paymasters are so dumb they will pay. Any chance of me joining in? I can play the sycophantic propangandist if the pay is right. I particularly like the lie about countless volumes being published after the glorious and infaliible revoluational dispensation intelligently pieced together burnt and shredded documents. In this day and age, such masterful misrepresentations deserve a priece.

I suggest you ask for a raise!
09:58 June 28, 2009 by Dazzler
Here, I fixed it for you. Enjoy life.
10:24 June 28, 2009 by Yendor
Its unfortunate that so many people who post on TL have such a hard time staying FOCUSED on the topic at hand, like demonstraters storming the embassy of Iran and a embassy person being beaten up! They use the subject to express a rant of their own like "death to America". STAY FOCUSED PEOPLE!
10:47 June 28, 2009 by jack sprat
Quite agree Yendor,

Getting a tad confusing at pres.with folk not even able to agree on the time of day, let alone if the thread is about M.J. Iran or whatever else.

To pull it all together, I wonder how Whacko Jackos life would have turned out had he been born in Iran?
14:30 June 28, 2009 by glamshek
I call Tripple Standards.

@Mr Uncle. Are you in senses? Millions of Palestinians died. The lebanese died. Iran-Iraq war was orchestrated. Taliban were supported. Osama Bin Laden is an American puppet used by USA and now tell the people that a bunch Iranians were attacked in Embassy !!

Be ashamed of yourself. When Ahmedinejad says that there was no holocaust, he is dead right ! This holocaust has been used by the West to create the illegitimate state of Israel. And that's how it is. By the way where is Aushwitz in Austria where the gas chambers were used to suffocate thousands of Jews. There is no such thing my dear. Do your research.
16:57 June 28, 2009 by thesevensky
Well said glamshek I totally agree with you.
17:01 June 28, 2009 by KipHamilton
Unbelievable! The comments excusing the religious tyrants of Iran keep coming in. I repeat, there is nothing, nothing at all that the Mullahs of Iran could do to their own people which would make you change your minds. The leftists, who for some reason feel it necessary to defend this ultra-conservative fascistic government find themselves on the same side as the holocaust deniers of the world. Has US and western meddling added greatly to the havoc in Iran? Of course, but come on- these despicable Iranian leaders are equating resistance to themselves as fighting against God. Is it any kind of liberal or leftist position to defend them? If you were true to your values instead of your politics you would have to be more balanced in your positions. Your hatred of the US, Jews and Israel trumps all it seems. But believe me the enemy of your perceived enemy is NOT necessarily your friend- especially if you are a secular leftist. A bit of the blood of the streets of Iran is on your hands.
20:50 June 28, 2009 by 7
indeed. and you will find the auschwitz concentration camp is in poland.
22:22 June 28, 2009 by KipHamilton
Glamshek. Your right. There is no Auschwitz concentration camp in Austria. It's in Poland. Do your own homework..my dear.
22:48 June 28, 2009 by Omidn
This cancerous regime and its brutality must be stopped by all democratic countries around the world. We as a member of this free democratic society must hear the voice of freedom in Iran and help them as much as we can to achieve this goal which is freedom for humankind.
23:04 June 28, 2009 by Guarauno

It is completely deplorable what happened to that aircraft but as I said previously I am not from the United States and I don´t talk on behalf of them,my point is the people of Iran who want to live in a more free society,I mean having human rights,got me?,I guess you live in Iran right?,that was what I previously refered,if you like your current government and defend it then you should be happy living under their rules so would be hypocritical if you were not standing what is happenning to your fellow citizens and talking good about Iran´s government from abroad,that´s all what I think.Same s...t happen with Venezuela,many live abroad but support Chavez´s dictatorship.
23:23 June 28, 2009 by Guarauno
Real funny hahah!,the holocaust didn´t happen just because a religious fanatic like Ahmadinejad says,c´mon!
10:09 June 29, 2009 by DeinSchatz
Swedish people have too much jurisdiction nowadays!!! Just care about what happens in Sweden!
13:50 June 29, 2009 by Streja

Explain please.
16:41 June 29, 2009 by Braderunner Rennuredarb

I am glad that someone gave the people who attacked the embassy a thumping. Its funny how it sounds like the "older woman" who got hit in the back is a "victim" - if she was on the grounds and was not supposed to be there then she deserved whatever beating she got!
03:23 June 30, 2009 by Omidn
Your comment is very constructive my friend!!!!!!
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