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Protesters enter Qolhak Garden in Tehran

Photos by Mehdi Ghasemi, ISNA

Tehran, Dec 31, IRNA - A group of students and people on Tuesday evening entered Qolhak Garden, a national compound taken over by British Embassy, in protest to London's support for Israeli crimes in Gaza.

The demonstrators torched the British, US and Israeli flags in front of the Qolhak compound and then put up the Palestinian flag in the garden after entering it. The security forces tried to calm down the protestors and drive them out.

Israel's savage air raids to the defenseless people of Gaza since Saturday triggered the anger of all Iranians who staged several gatherings in front of the United nations office in Tehran during the past couple of days to demonstrate their outrage towards Tel Aviv's inhuman acts against Gazans which have so far left about 400 dead and around 2,000 injured.

The Israel leaders committed war crimes by indiscriminate and disproportionate bombardment of Gaza for fifth day on Wednesday.

After their exit from Qolhak Garden, the protesters headed to the Egypt's interest section in Tehran to protest Cairo's stand towards the ongoing onslaught in Gaza and Egypt's refusal to reopen the Rafah crossroad.

Over 1.5 million Palestinians are suffering from hard living conditions as they are deprived from necessary facilities including water supplies, foodstuff and medical care as a result of the Israeli siege on Gaza sine 2006.

Bagh-e Gholhak events not related to IRGC chief's remarks: IRGC

The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) on Wednesday rejected BBC's 'mischievous' move to attribute Tuesday's student sit-in outside Bagh-e Gholhak (Gholhak Garden) north of Tehran to events in Gaza.

The IRGC Public Relations Department said in a statement on Wednesday, "The protest leading to the entry of a number of students to Bagh-e Gholhak has nothing to do with IRGC. It was done spontaneously by the people objecting to the British government's silence in the face of the savage crimes of the Zionist regime and in support of the Islamic resistance of the defenseless and oppressed Gaza people."

The IRGC statement, referring to psychological war and poisonous propaganda of certain western media in attributing the Bagh-e Gholhak incident to recent remarks of the IRGC Chief Major General Mohammad- Ali Jafari in a meeting with Basiji students, said the campaign against injustice and dealing prudently with the arrogant and inhumane actions, such as those witnessed by the world in Palestine and Gaza, are among the innate features of the Islamic Revolution and outstanding characteristics of the revolutionary Iranian nation.

It said that undoubtedly, the psychological war and media publicity of imperialism, including BBC, which is pro-Zionist and anti-Iranian in nature, are known to all Iranian nation and will not have the slightest impact on the IRGC's lofty and popular status in Iran's Islamic community.

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